January Birth Flower

The carnation is the January birth flower. Carnations have been cultivated for the last 2,000 years. Originally from the East, these hardy and fragrant flowers have the flower meaning of pride, beauty, fascination, love and distinction. They are now associated with January as the January birth flower.

The carnation is a pretty birth flower that can be dyed in any color. Carnations have a pleasant smell unlike some cut flowers with no frangrance. Worldwide, the carnation is the top producing crop in floriculture. The carnation also known as dianthus, sweet william, pinks, and maiden pink. This January birth flower is derived from Greek words that mean "flower of the gods". The carnation has many meanings depending on the color it takes. A white carnation has the flower meaning of friendship, a pink one romance, red carnation for love, striped carnation for refusal and yellow for disdain. On Mother's Day wear a pink carnation to honor a living mother, or a white carnation to remember a mother that has passed on.

The carnation is a very ornamental plant. It is widely cultivated in the flower garden. This January birth flower is grown commercially in France for its oil. The latin name for carnation is dianthus which means "divine flower". The carnation is a tall flower growing one to three feet high. The carnation plant usually has many lightly smelling sweet blossoms. The carnation is used by some for protection, strength and healing. In Spain the carnation is the main flower in many religious celebraitons and national festivals.