Looking for something delicate, durable, and delightful to decorate your home with this season? Don’t be too quick to overlook carnations — one of the oldest and historically rich flowers around today. If you’re in the market for flowers, here are just a few of the many reasons why you should choose carnations.

  1. Fun History: A flower is never just a flower — it’s a symbol of love, happiness, and togetherness. Originating in the Mediterranean region, carnations have been exchanged between lovers for centuries. In the Victorian era, carnations were used by women to respond to a secret admirer. A solid color meant “yes,” a striped color meant “unfortunately no,” and a yellow carnation meant, “no.”
  2. Variety: If that special someone in your life has a favorite color, you can almost be certain that you’ll find a carnation to match it. Carnations come in everything from pink to yellow, and even purple in some cases. If you’re not sure which color to get, each one has its own meaning:
    • Red: admiration
    • Deep red: romantic love
    • Pink: gratitude
    • White: purity and friendship
    • Yellow: sorrow
    • Purple: royalty
  3. Sweet Smell: Looking to fill your house with warm scents, but don’t want to resort to artificial perfumes? Then carnations are the flower for you! Despite their small frame and delicate appearance, carnations bear a heavy scent.
  4. Long-Lasting: Unlike other cluster flowers that are top-heavy and wilt within just a few days, carnations will stand tall for weeks. In fact, carnations are one of the sturdiest flowers on the market today.
  5. Affordable: The only thing better than flowers? Affordable flowers! Carnations might not be as expensive as roses and tulips, but we think that’s all the more reason to love them.
  6. Frills Are In: Years ago, dark colors and sharp edges dominated the fashion industry. But judging from the spring runways in France, we’re happy to announce that feminine ruffles are officially back in!
  7. They’re a Great Accent Flower: While carnations can certainly stand on their own, they also make a great accent piece for bridal bouquets because their large petals beautifully fill space between other, more extravagant flowers.
  8. They Literally Mean “Godly”: The scientific name for carnations is Dianthus, which is taken from the Greek words “dios” and “athanos.” When translated, it’s name literally means “flowers of the God.”
  9. Carnations Hold a World Record: In 2007, the largest floral awareness ribbon was made on behalf of the Dubai Healthcare City. The ribbon, which was created to help raise money for breast cancer research, was made using more than 105,000 pink carnations and was 94 feet long.

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or graduation, carnations are the perfect way to let someone know you’re thinking of them!


Tara Carlson graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Public Relations and loves any and all things creative writing - which is why she is thrilled to be working with Petal Talk. When she's not writing, you can probably find her swimming at the beach, playing soccer, and catching up on the latest movies (she's a big fan of award season)!

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