The carnation had a bit of an old-fashioned image, but this is all in the past now! Because the carnation is making a comeback in all sorts of bouquets, arrangements and even in bridal work. This strong and durable flower, originally from the Mediterranean, is available year round and a perfect suit for any occasion.
Due to her bright colours, the dianthus is a striking appearance. Carnations are available in almost every colour you can think of. If picking a colour isn’t hard enough, you can also choose between a single bloom or a spray carnation. The petal edges are also quite remarkable: there are petals with rounded, serrated or fringed edges. Because the carnation is such a versatile flower it’s easily combined with other flowers such as tulips, roses and ranunculus and they last for several weeks. And did you know that the carnation is edible, which makes them a great cake decoration.
The Carnation’s Latin name, Dianthus, is derived from the words Dios (God) and anthos (flower). The literal translation is flower of God or heavenly flower. This divine character comes through in religious paintings, where the carnations is a symbol of the Virgin Mary and the suffering of Christ. The popularity of the flower dates back from the Roman era. They used carnations to make wreaths and fresh perfume. The French were also very fond of the flower’s spicy scent. So they extracted the flower’s oils to make perfume and skin cream of it.
If the carnation’s appearance won’t seduce you, her meaning might. Passion, longing and romance are the things that carnations symbolise. That’s why a lot of Renaissance engagement paintings feature carnations. So if you have a burning desire for someone: you know which flower to give to him/her. But you have to be a bit careful with which colour carnation you choose because the yellow ones convey disappointment.