Flower Spotlight: Carnations

Flower Spotlight: Carnations

Sometimes referred to as “Flowers of God” or “Heavenly Flower,” carnations are the birth flower for the month of January. Red and pink carnations are often given as a sign of maternal, spiritual, and sometimes even romantic love, great affection, and gratitude. White carnations symbolize good luck, prosperity, and sometimes pure love. Regardless of the color of the bloom, adding carnations to your fresh arrangement is a great way to brighten someone's day.

Carnations, also known as dianthus, are a great way to add a budget-friendly pop of color to any cut floral arrangement. They are most recognized in whites, reds, and pinks, though they come in a wide range of colors and varieties. The fringe-petaled bloom has been cultivated in virtually every color on the spectrum, including purple and blue, through genetic engineering. And if you’re looking for a unique color, white carnations can be submerged in food coloring and water and absorb any color you want. It’s a fun DIY project and a great science lesson for kids, too.

Carnations were hugely popular in the Victorian era but faded out for decades. They became more of a filler flower and less of a showstopper. Thanks to their naturally occurring and pleasant, spicy-sweet odor and the fact that they are edible, carnations are making a comeback. With newfound symbolism and purpose, they are finding their place in the sun once again. 

If all the reasons above weren’t enough to sing their praises, carnation blooms are also hardy and long-lasting. The second most popular cut flower in the United States, carnations can outlast almost any other cut flower in vase arrangements, boutonnieres, and bouquets. Because they are edible, stay fresh for so long, and can be dyed virtually any color, they work well in cake decorations, cocktails, and other food-related items. Carnations might very well be the most versatile and budget-friendly bloom on the market today.

Ask us about available colors of carnations when you order your next bouquet!