The Meaning Of
The Carnation

The Meaning Of A Carnation

In general, a carnation symbolizes fascination, passion, innocence and purity.

The History Of The Carnation

The carnation is considered the national flower of France. Although no one knows for sure where the carnation first grew, but it was known as the “divine flower” in ancient Greece as early as 300 B.C.

Since the 13th century, the carnation has been a symbol of the Virgin Mary and often appears with her in paintings. In 1907, the carnation was chosen as the floral symbol of Mother’s Day.

It has been suggested that King Louis IX of France discovered the flower while traveling through Africa on the crusades in the 13th century. The returning crusaders brought back the flower with them to France. During the French revolution, doomed aristocrats wore red carnations as they were led to the guillotine.

In today’s market this flower is used worldwide for a variety of occasions and is available all year round. There are endless colour choices, there are solid coloured to striped – heck, even green carnations -- the list goes on and on.

This flower has a reputation for being inexpensive and anyone giving the carnation as a bouquet is considered to be cheap. But the carnation is making a comeback. Why? It is being used in some very elaborate wedding designs by some of the world’s top floral designers.

No matter what the carnation’s meanings, any girl loves to get flowers, and an arrangement containing carnations will work just as well as anything else, right ladies?

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