Symbol of Mother’s Love – Carnations

Symbol of Mother’s Love – Carnations

Do you have Carnations in your garden? Those are awesome!

I love gardening! My garden is filled with vegetables, flowers, fruits & etc. I love watching a plant grow. A circle of life! I get to nurture them. When it comes to flowers, I don’t have an all-time favourite flower. Because each flower bears it’s own beauty and importance and I am fond of all the plants under my care. I recently planted Carnations in my front yard. They are so unique and beautiful with various colours and designs. 

These small plants bare many flowers at ones and it is such a lovely site to see a bed of flowers in different colours.

But I was told by a few visitors that planting Carnations in front of the house attracts bad luck. Well, I don’t believe such things when it comes to flowers. Unless it is a plant that is poisonous to other living creatures.

However, it urged me to look into the history of the flower and I found this really interesting website that has information about various flowers. 

Here’s what I read about the history of Carnation flowers.

With a history that dates back more than 2,000 years, it’s not surprising that carnations are rich with symbolism, mythology and even debate. While some scholars suggest that their name comes from the word corone (flower garlands) or “coronation” because of its use in Greek ceremonial crowns, others propose that it’s derived from the Latin carnis (flesh) referring to the flower’s original pinkish-hued color or incarnacyon (incarnation), referring to the incarnation of God-made-flesh.

Today, carnations can be found in a wide range of colours, and while in general, they express love, fascination and distinction, virtually every colour carry a unique and rich association.

• White carnations suggest pure love and good luck, light red symbolizes admiration

• Dark red represents deep love and affection.

• Purple carnations imply capriciousness.

• Pink carnations carry the greatest significance.


“Beginning with the belief that they first appeared on earth from the Virgin Mary’s tears – making them the symbol of a mother’s undying love.”

Worn on Mother’s Day, Teacher’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day (in green, of course) and at weddings, this hardy, sweetly flower is also the state flower of Ohio, USA and the January birth month flower and the 1st wedding anniversary flower.

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