Sep 19, 2022

Flowercard Carnation Week - A Guide to the Beautiful Carnation Flower

by Caitlin Schweppe

Colourful Carnation Flowers: Meaning & Symbolism

Carnations are definitely one of the most popular flower gifts, and for good reason too! The beautiful bloom has remarkable bright colours, luxurious silky petals, and a spicy fragrance that stands out in our floral arrangements.

A carnation is a symbol of love, sweetness, or purity so you’ll often see them in gifts for loved ones, anniversaries and friendship gifts. Here is more info about the sweet bloom.

The History of Carnations

Carnations have been around since 1907. Anna Jarvis, an activist from Philadelphia, first used a stunning pink carnation as a symbol for her late mother. She went on to be the founder of Mother’s Day, with the beautiful bloom being sent out every year to show love and gratitude for mothers around the world.

Carnation Colour Meaning

Carnations have a rainbow of hues, including red, purple, white, and green flowers with long stems. The brighter colours create wonderful gifts for happier occasions, while softer colours like white and pink can be used during difficult times and for sympathy arrangements.

Red carnations are often sent to partners as a gesture of their romantic love and affection. These florals make a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day or the first traditional anniversary gift. If you want to show your admiration for someone in your life, red carnations are the best choice.

White and pink carnations symbolise gratitude and purity. It is common to give these flowers as beautiful wedding gifts or as thoughtful sympathy gifts.

Green carnations are often sent and displayed during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, while Purple carnations add joy to any happy occasion.

No matter what colour you choose, carnations will help you to show your special someone how much you care about them. You can choose a carnation for a special occasion with a romantic partner, to wish someone close to you on a milestone birthday, or to just show your loved ones how much you care about them.

We include the delicate carnation in many of our floral arrangements to brighten up someone’s day or to send them comfort. Although the bloom is a beautiful sentiment on its own, adding a personal message to our card can make your gift even more special.

View our colourful range of carnation gifts to send a floral hug to someone in your life!