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Fun Facts on Carnations

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

Don't you ever wonder what's so special about a carnation? They can be given as a bouquet, as a filler, or just a single stem. They come in a mix of colours and you can find them in most flower shops. They are considered a cheaper alternative to other flowers but their beauty is unavoidable. From their ruffled exterior to their vibrant colours, carnations can be delightful and stunning once decorated and designed into bouquets and arrangements.

There are over 300 variations of carnations all around the world however they're mainly produced in Columbia, Isreal, and Spain. What's wonderful about carnations is that they can live longer than a year (perennial) but these flowers require a minimum of 4 hours of sunlight with well-drained soil making them great natural flowers in Greece, Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries.

There are many carnation colours available. Mainly due to our interactions, we've engineered many variations of whites, yellows, oranges, reds, greens, and even blues! It's possible to change the colours at home as long as you have food colouring and white carnations. Just snip the bottom, add the colour you like, and wait 24 hours.

The Heavenly Flower

Carnations have a deep history, especially in Greek literature written over 2000 years ago. They're given unique and divine names like "The Heavenly Flower" or "Flower of Gods".

In Greece, the Dianthus caryophyllus (Carnation) is broken down to "Dios" meaning divine and "Anthos" meaning flower. The purpose of carnations back in ancient Greece would be their use as garlands, wreaths, and crowns. Many coronations (crowning) were done with carnations. It was believed to be God creating the carnation's whitish colour as flesh in the form of Jesus.