January,  a delightful month to be born. A brand new year has just begun and everyone would have the feeling of being grateful throughout this month because they were among the lucky ones to see a brand new year. Understand the January birthday month flower before you consider arranging a special flower delivery for this month.  Also,  when talking about how to show or express your gratitude from the innermost depth of your heart, then taking the most advantage of flowers would be a really awesome decision to make. A flower popularly known as the carnations, scientific name Dianthus caryophyllus is mostly associated with this month,  especially if January is your birth month.

Carnation or better still Dianthus caryophyllus is also popularly known as the flower of the gods. This is because the name Dianthus is a Greek word. The scientific name of carnation was given to it by a Greek botanist Theophrastus. So Dianthus was coined from two Greek words, ”Dios” and “anthos”. Dios meaning a god, or the god Zeus, and anthos meaning flower, and so that was how the name flower of the gods was derived. Carnation is of different types with different colours and how attractive they look is just off that chart.

Types of Carnation
There are three main different types of carnation. They include

  • annual carnation,
  • the border carnation and,
  • perpetual flowering carnation.


All you need to know about carnation

Carnation is a type of perennial flower that can grow up to 80cm tall. They are herbaceous. They have a beautiful scent although some carnations do not have any scent. Carnations are of various colours but some of the most popular colours range from greyish blue to blue-green, although their original natural colour is bright pinkish purple. Some cultivators have done a couple of genetic engineering on the plant to get other colours out of it like red,  white,  yellow,  green, and the flowers produced out of this genetic engineering are the ones that do not have scents.

If you are considering to plant carnations in your garden at home, then you should consider having a well-drained neutral soil that is not too alkaline, just slightly alkaline. They should also be planted at a location where they can receive a lot of sunlight. A lot of grower of the garden flower has chosen carnation for planting. They are most popular among the Columbia nation.

Carnation, the birth month flower for January, is used as a way of showing a mother’s love. They are also used to celebrate Mother’s Day. This is because when you go back in history far back to more than a thousand years, you would notice that this birth month flower carnation, has been inclined to religious symbolism too.

In Christianity, many believed that the first carnation to bloom was when Mary the mother of Jesus wept the death of her child Jesus, and when her tears drop to the earth, the first carnation bloomed there. So it is no mystery if the flower carnation is popular worldwide to show a mother’s love. This in turn, made carnation a popular choice of flower to use in celebrating a mother on Mother’s Day or to celebrate a woman on international women’s day.


Different colours of carnation and meanings associated with them

Carnation varies in meaning based on its different colours. But generally, people deem it fit to pass a message of devotion.

The red coloured carnation: this has been associated with the feelings of love and admiration. In time past,  it was associated with socialism. Generally, the red carnation means love. Now the red carnation, some are light red while others are dark red. The light red carnation symbolizes a lighter or softer feeling of love, nothing too deep. It shows more of how much admiration and adoration you have toward someone when you give out a light red carnation. On the contrary, the dark red carnation is more intense, they also profound love and affection towards someone when you give out a dark red carnation.

The pink carnations: as earlier stated are the ones that were believed to have bloomed from Mary’s tears. They symbolize motherly love and fondness. Ever since then, the pink colour has been set aside to mean a protective motherly love. The pink carnation also could be light pink carnation or dark pink carnation with different meanings but closely related. When the light pink carnation is presented, they express motherly love and can also express gratitude, while on the other hand,  the dark pink carnation is presented to express tenderness and fondness.

The white coloured carnation: it symbolizes purity. Generally, white signifies purity. When you present a white carnation to someone, you are indirectly conveying a message of pure love and wishing the person prosperity. The white carnation can also be used to pass a message of wishing someone good luck. They can be given to an elderly person on their birthdays, or to people who are about to start something new in their lives.

The purple carnation: it is really warming to the heart,  as they can be given to someone to offer condolence. Many times people see the purple carnation as a flower for sad moments in life. The purple carnation can also be used to seek an apology from someone you may have offended.

The yellow carnation: this is a flower you do not want to receive from anyone as it conveys a message of disappointment. Although this flower is beautiful still people do not want to receive it, clearly because of the meaning attached to it. The yellow carnation sends a negative message of rejection or could be presented to someone you dislike or want to break up with. Whatever the case may be, this flower does not pass across a lovely message.

The carnation flower for hand bouquet is wonderful especially when we know the meaning attached to each of them so we can take advantage of the different colours of carnation. Especially now that the meaning of the different colours of carnation has been explained here,  you must have been well educated on them now.