Dianthus (Carnation; Pink; Sweet William)

Dianthus, also known as Carnation, is a genus of the Caryophyllaceae family mostly native to Europe and Asia. It contains about 300 species of annuals, perennials and subshrubs.  Most species have simple, narrow leaves and abundant flowers that come in many shapes and colors. Carnations are often spicily fragrant and long blooming, making them perfect for bouquets and gardens. They are valued for their beauty, charm, clove-like scent and long-lasting freshness.

Name meaning:

The name "Dianthus" comes from the Greek words "dios" ("god") and "anthos" ("flower").

The common name "Carnation" was derived from the Latin word “incarnation,” meaning the incarnation of God.
It is also thought to be derived from the Latin word "caro ", which means "flesh", in reference to the color of the first Carnations.

Dianthus symbolism:

This beautiful flower has rich history and is deeply embedded in symbolism.

Dianthus is considered as the flower of the gods, a divine flower.
It symbolizes admiration, passion, capriciousness, affection, love and gratitude.

Interesting facts about Dianthus:

Carnations are one of the most popular wedding flowers. They are pretty, attractive, long-lasting and inexpensive.

The flower is the official flower of Mother’s Day in many cultures worldwide.

In Christianity, it is believed the carnation flower appeared after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, from each spot where Virgin Mary's tears fell to the ground. It became a symbol for the suffering of Jesus Christ.

Carnation has been brewed into tea and used as a remedy to reduce fever, stomach aches, chest congestion, female hormonal imbalances and to restore energy.
It was also used to relieve stress, fatigue, depression, insomnia and to treat skin irritations and wrinkles.

Carnations have a rich history that dates back more than 2000 years.
They have inspired many artists throughout history, from ancient Greek and Roman times till today.
Carnations were often used in ancient Greek for ceremonial crowns.

Plant Type:

Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs

Color:

Dianthus flowers come in shades of red, pink, purple and white or combinations of these colours. Cultivated species are available in a wider range of colors.

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