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Interesting Facts About Carnations


Welcome to our website, dear readers. They are a symbol of love. They have been part of human culture since ancient Greece and Rome and are found in a variety of colors ranging from purplish pink and white to red.

And today we decided to take a closer look at this noble flower. In the article we have collected the most interesting facts about carnations.


It is not known exactly where they first began to cultivate them, since man has been growing them for more than 2000 years. But there is an assumption that the homeland of the genus Dianthus (Carnation) is the Mediterranean.


While carnations generally symbolize love and affection, the color of the flower also has its own symbolic meaning in a number of countries around the world:

  1. Red: deep love and admiration.
  2. White: pure love and luck.
  3. Pink: motherly love.
  4. Yellow: disappointment or rejection.
  5. Purple: moodiness.

Number 3

They are devoid of any traces of poison, which makes them quite edible. From mashing the petals into a paste and spreading them for dessert to eating them raw, this flower’s petals are delicious enough.

In addition to using its flowers in its raw form, it is quite popular as a spice. Dried petals are used in compotes, sbitnyas (an old Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian hot drink brewed from honey, spices and herbs), mulled wines, punches, soups, etc.



At the moment there are more than 300 varieties of carnations.


The Latin name of the genus is Dianthus. According to legend, the name Dianthus comes from the Roman goddess Diana (goddess of flora and fauna). According to legend, Diana (among the Greeks Artemis) was returning home after an unsuccessful hunt and along the way she met a beautiful shepherd boy, who carelessly played a simple melody on his waxwing. This angered Diana so much, as she considered that it was he who dispersed all the animals with his melody and it was because of him that she failed. Diana threw herself on the shepherdess and tore out his eyes. In a moment, she realized what she had done and threw the young man’s eyes to the ground. They fell and immediately turned into two beautiful flowers, which reminded all passers-by of the innocently shed blood on that place.

There is another version of the origin of its name. In Greek, the word “Dios” (Zeus) is translated as “God”, and “Anthos” is a flower. Accordingly, the name of this flower comes from a combination of two words “Diosanthos”, which translates as “Flower of God”.


It is the national flower of Monaco, Spain and Slovenia, as well as the state flower of Ohio (USA).


It is treated differently in different countries. For example, in the Russian Federation and France, carnations are funeral flowers. In China, on the contrary, carnations are used to decorate weddings.


As with roses, their color can be changed. To do this, you need to take a white carnation and immerse it in water with food coloring dissolved in it. In less than a day, the plant will absorb the dye and its petals will turn into its color.


For centuries, people have used it in folk medicine and continue to use it for these purposes to this day. People use clove decoctions to treat ailments and problems such as hair loss, muscle spasms, skin conditions, etc.


They usually bloom in one flower. But there are a number of hybrid species, on the stem of which more than one flower grows.


Their total life span is one year. After the plant has faded, with the onset of winter, it hibernates. In the spring, with the advent of heat, the root system of the plant wakes up and the carnation grows back.


This is a very durable flower. Together with chrysanthemums, callas, hippeastrums, alstroemerias, lilies, freesias and various types of orchids, carnations are leaders among centenarian flowers. For example, cut alstroemerias, orchids and carnations retain their freshness in a vase of water for up to 2 weeks. At the same time, these are the most simple and unpretentious flowers in care.



They have both male and female reproductive organs and can self-pollinate.


They are commercially produced because they are very beautiful and easy to grow. The world commercial center for the production of these cloves is located in Bogota (the capital and largest city of Colombia). In addition to this country, this plant is massively grown in Spain, Kenya, Israel, etc.


They have earned worldwide recognition as they were used to create the world’s largest floral ribbon. 105,000 pink carnations were used to create a flower ribbon to raise awareness of breast cancer worldwide. Because of this, the carnation got into the Guinness Book of Records.


There are two broad groups of carnations: border (they are also garden) and ever-flowering. Borders include a number of varieties and hybrids from 30 to 75 cm in height. Flowers of border carnations can be of various shades, grow on “wirey”, rigid stems and usually do not exceed 5 cm in diameter.

The ever-flowering carnations are grown under glass and bloom all year round. Often these species are used for exhibition purposes. Everblooming carnations can grow up to 150 cm tall and have larger flowers.


She was very popular in the Soviet Union. At first, it symbolized the October Revolution, and later – the victory in the Great Patriotic War.

This concludes our article, dear readers. We hope you enjoyed the interesting facts about carnations, selected by the editors of this site.

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