January Flower of the Month – Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)

What’s in a Name:
Carnation comes from the Greek word “corone”, which means meaning flower garlands, its scientific Genus name of Dianthus means “Flower of Love” or “Flower of the Gods”.

History:
Carnations have been popular for formal ceremonies, joyful celebrations and expressions of love since at least Roman times. Since the 1600s they have been used to make a French liqueur known as Chartreuse.

Symbolism: love, fascination, and distinction
Did You Know:
• In the Language of Flowers, some believe a striped Carnation says “I wish I could be with you.” While others use it as a symbol of refusal!
• Carnations are one of the oldest cultivated flowers.
• Carnations make very long-lasting cut flowers
• They are one of the easiest to grow flowers.
• Most garden varieties have a rich, clove-like scent
• The petals are edible, for a fun salad or dessert garnish

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