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The History of Carnations

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The History of Carnations

Carnations are a species of dianthus which comes from the greek words for divine (dios) and flower (anthos). The carnation has been around for over 2,000 years, originating in Asia and Europe. Theres around 300 species of carnations and come in many different colors. The carnation became the official flower of Mother's Day because Anna Jarvis, the founder of the Mother's Day holiday, said that carnations were her mother's favorite flower. After her mother's death, she held a memorial with 500 white carnations. In the Christian religion, it's believed that carnations appeared when the Virgin Mary shed tears when Jesus carried the cross. This is another way that carnations represent a mother's love.

Carnation Flower Meaning by Color

Pink Carnations

Pink carnations symbolize a Mother's love which makes them perfect for Mother's Day, Mom's birthday, congratulations for a new baby & more. Pink carnations are one of the most popular color of carnations and look beautiful in any arrangement.

Red Carnations

Red carnations are often used to symbolize love and admiration, much like other red flowers (like red roses!). Red carnations are perfect for anniversaries, Valentine's Day, birthdays and more to show someone how much you love and appreciate them.

White Carnations

White carnations represent purity and luck. If you want someone to know your pure love for them, an arrangement of white carnations and other mixed flowers are the perfect gift. Bouquets of white carnations are also used to wish someone luck, so there are many occasions which you can send these pure white carnations for!

Purple Carnations

Purple carnations represent unpredictability so if you want to send flowers just because, this color is perfect! These flowers are also a great way to show your spontaneity and that you're always willing to go with the flow (in a relationship or otherwise!).

Blue Carnations

The cool hues of blue carnations represent peace and tranquility. Often seen in spas & bedrooms, cool colors are known to relax. Whether your recipient needs to unwind or just loves the color blue, these vibant carnations are sure to please!

Green Carnations

Green carnations symbolize health and good fortune. With green being the color of money, it's no surprise that they represent good fortune. Green carnations are also commonly used for St. Patrick's Day!

Yellow Carnations

Yellow carnations are historically used to symbolize disappointment, especially in ones love life. With that being said, I don't know anyone who wouldn't love bright, cheerful yellow carnations- just make sure your message comes across clear (if you're not trying to show disappointment).

Carnations for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking to get a unique bouquet, carnations for Valentine’s Day are a great option for your sweetie, or for someone else special in your life! Often called the "flower of love," carnation flowers for Valentine's Day come in a wide variety of colors and styles, making them the perfect gift for romance, for family, or for friends. With Valentine carnations coming in fresh and fun varieties on their own and in beautiful mixed bouquets, Valentine’s Day Carnations delivery is available as soon as same-day, making them a quick and easy way to send a smile.