Carnation: January’s Birth Flower

Traditionally, each month of the year has a unique flower designated as its birthday flower. January is honored with the carnation. This mysterious flower has customarily signified distinction and fascination.

Its colors are universally recognized and their appeal is unmatched. For those who share a January birthday, they are blessed with a flower whose history dates back to the ancient Greeks.

Carnation’s History

The carnation enjoys a varied and storied history. Its history began over 2,000 years ago when it began being cultivated in Europe and Asia. As the story goes, the ancient Greeks used carnations as floral garlands for their ceremonial events.

Thus, carnations derived their common name from the word, “coronation,” or “corone.” The carnation received its botanical name from the Greek botanist Theophrastus who named it “Dianthus,” which means “flower of the Gods.” Carnations have long been associated with St. Patrick’s Day, and green carnations have graced the boutonnieres of many Irish lapels during this March 17th celebration.

Mother’s Day

Carnations hold the rank of being the official flower of Mother’s Day. The founder of Mother’s Day, Anna Marie Jarvis, designated the carnation as the official flower in tribute to her own mother. She lobbied for an official recognition of Mother’s Day and, in 1907, she sent 500 white carnations to the mothers in her own mother’s parish church. Her efforts paid off and, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day an official holiday.  

State and National Flower

Carnations enjoy the status of being a state as well as national flower. The state of Ohio, in 1904, adopted the red carnation as its official state flower. This was to honor President William McKinley, a native of Ohio and frequent wearer of a red carnation on his lapel. Spain also designated the carnation as its national flower.

Carnation Care

Carnations come in over 300 species, and you can found them in colors, ranging from white, pink, green and red to almost everything in-between except blue. Carnations are a hardy species and do well when exposed to full sunlight.

Well-drained soil is a must, and they should never be allowed to sit in water. You can expect your carnation bloom to last several weeks. They are a fragrant flower and will fill a room with their distinctive aroma.

 

 

Order a Carnation Arrangement Today

Surprise your January loved one with an arrangement of carnations in their favorite color to honor them on their birthday. We have an array of styles and varieties that appeal to a wide range of tastes.    

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