While flowers are often a substitute for words, they’re also used as symbols to convey special feelings or a message; when gifted, every flower has its own meaning and can express those emotions and thoughts to the receiver. That being said, did you know that every month has its own birth flower? Today we’re shedding a little light on January’s: the Carnation.
Perfect to brighten the cold of January’s winter chill, the carnation is one of the most cheerful flowers; with fluffy florals available in a wide range of colorful hues, they’re also considered one of the longer-lasting flowers.
The use of carnations date back to Ancient Rome when they were featured in classic art and decor.
The carnations scientific name is “dianthus caryphyllus” which translate to “flowers of the gods” in Greek.
It’s thought that the common name of January’s birth flower derives from the english work “coronation.”
Carnations are often symbols of purity and have been used in religious depiction; it was once believed that the first carnation bloomed when Mary’s tears dropped to the earth as she cried over her son Jesus carrying his cross. Also, an iconic painting by Leonardo da Vinci “The Madonna of the Carnation” depicts the Virgin holding a pink carnation as she loving dotes on her son. It’s no wonder that the flower evolved into a symbol of motherly love and since the 20th century has become a Mother’s Day favorite.
For more inspiration head over to our Pinterest Board dedicated to January's birth flower or if you know a January birthday, gift an artificial carnation arrangement today for a faux-everlasting token of love!
Please note all imagery featured is purely inspiration and not a product of Nearly Natural.