More about Carnation

The birth flower for January is the Carnation. This pretty flower is believed to have originated in the 'Mediterranean region' and has been cultivated since the last 2000 years. This beautiful looking flower is widely produced in Colombia.

Origin of Name:
The scientific name for the Carnation is 'Dianthus Caryophyllus'. The name 'Carnation' is believed to have come from its use in making the traditional Greek ceremonial crowns. Some people believe, the name also has Latin roots as the word 'caro' in Latin refers to the natural color of the flower and also relates to incarnito (incarnation) of flesh.

Symbolic Meaning:
The Carnation symbolizes strong and soothing characteristics such as love, beauty, fascination and distinction. The Carnation also denotes bravery and friendship. Different colored Carnations stand as symbols for different meanings. A light red Carnation represents respect and adoration, while a dark red Carnation shows true love and affection. White Carnations stand for good luck and a purple Carnation symbolizes unusualness.

Personality Traits:
The people with Carnation birth flower are believed to be very ambitious and dedicated to accomplish big things in life. They are very protective towards their family and friends. They are loyal friends and are always ready to help others. January born people have a sensitive nature.

Significance During Events & Holidays:
The Carnation is often sported on special occasions such as weddings. On Saint Patrick's day a green Carnation is worn and on May day, a red Carnation is usually worn. On Mother's day, a red Carnation is worn to show love and respect for a living mother and a white carnation is worn in memory of a deceased mother.

Interesting facts:
- Carnation is the national flower of Spain.
- It is the state flower of Ohio.
- In France, the Carnation symbolises bad luck and tragedy and is often carried to funerals.

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