Intense colours, sometimes a delectable light fragrance, a romantic symbolism, born by the Mediterranean and blessed with the divine name: the carnation has many aspects. It’s high time to discover all of them!
Colours and shapes
Green, deep purple, dark red, fluorescent yellow, champagne, soft orange, salmon pink, white or combinations of colours: the carnation offers a magnificent array of colour. But that’s certainly not the only thing that’s special about this flower. For example, are you familiar with the various shapes? There are carnations with a single flower, and there are spray carnations. The carnation also has eye-catching petals, with rounded, serrated or fringed edges. So it's no surprise that the carnation is a fantastic lead performer or support act in any vase.
The carnation symbolises passion, longing and romance. It’s no surprise that Renaissance painters in the 15th and 16th century chose this flower to appear in their engagement scenes. And nothing has changed in that regard: the carnation is still an appropriate gift for demonstrating passionate love. Or to revive the passion in your relationship. If that should be necessary…
The original birthplace of the carnation is on the coast of the Mediterranean. The popularity of the flower goes back many centuries; for example the Romans were already making wreathes and fresh eau de toilette out of carnations. The flower can also be regularly seen in religious paintings, as a symbol of the Virgin Mary and as a symbol for the suffering of Christ. The Latin name for the carnation is Dianthus, derived from Dios (God) and anthos (flower). That means that the carnation is a divine flower!