of the century dandies would not leave the house without a white
or red carnation in the buttonhole of their suit. With the end of
this tradition and the fact that carnations are so easily cultivated
and grown, the flower has lost some of its popularity. However,
carnations are not only beautiful and long lasting flowers, they
also send a message: When you receive a red carnation bouquet ,
it means, "My heart aches for you" and when you receive
white carnations the sender is saying: "I am still available."
Description: The Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)
is a flowering plant native to the Near East and has been cultivated
for the last 2,000 years. Its original natural flower color was
pinkish-hued (flesh-like or "carnal", hence the name "carnation"),
but later, cultivars of other colors, including red, white, yellow
and greenish, have been developed. Although originally applied to
the species Dianthus caryophyllus, the name Carnation is also often
applied to some of the other species of Dianthus, and more particularly
to garden hybrids between D. caryophyllus and other species in the
genus. Some scholars believe that the name "carnation"
comes from "coronation" or "corone"
(flower garlands), as it was one of the flowers used in Greek ceremonial
crowns. Others think the name stems from the Greek carnis (flesh),
which refers to the original color of the flower, or incarnacyon
(incarnation), which refers to the incarnation of God made flesh.
Meanings of the Carnation Flower : Fascination,
Deep Red Carnation : My heart aches for you or
I admire you
Pink Carnation : I will never forget you
Solid Color Carnation : Yes
Striped Carnation : I'm sorry I must say no
White Carnation : Our love is pure or Good Luck
Yellow Carnation : You disappoint me