Carnations are the January birth month flower and are beautiful and popular flowers that come in a variety of colours and are often used in bouquets and arrangements for special occasions.

They represent Admiration, Love and Hope.

There is much more to these lovely flowers than meets the eye.

Here are 10 interesting facts about carnations that you may not have known:

  • 1

    Carnations are native to the Mediterranean region, but they are now grown all over the world.

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    The scientific name for carnations is Dianthus, which translates to “flower of the gods” in Greek.

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    In some cultures, carnations are associated with Mother’s Day and are used to celebrate and honour mothers.

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    Carnations are often used as decoration on special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays.

  • 5

    The different colours of carnations have different meanings.

    For example, red carnations symbolize love and admiration, while white carnations symbolize purity and luck.

  • 6

    Carnations are often used in floral arrangements because they have a long vase life, lasting up to 2-3 weeks.

  • 7

    Carnations are edible and have been used in culinary dishes and drinks for centuries.

    They have a slightly spicy flavour and can be used as a garnish or infused into syrups and liquors.

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    In some cultures, carnations are used as a symbol of good luck and are believed to bring good fortune to the household.

  • 9

    Carnations have been used in traditional medicine for their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

    They have been used to treat skin conditions, digestive issues, and stress.

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    There are over 300 different varieties of carnation including annuals, biennials and perennials

Carnations are not just beautiful flowers used for decoration; they have a rich history and cultural significance.

Whether you are sending a bouquet to a loved one or just enjoying the beauty of carnations in your home, knowing these interesting facts about these flowers adds another layer of appreciation for their beauty and symbolism.


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