Birthday flower for January

2018-01-24 06:01
The birthday flower for January is the fragrant carnation.

The birthday flower for January is the fragrant carnation.

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THE birthday flower for January is the fragrant carnation, available in a rainbow of colours and blossom sizes, carnations are known for their dainty ruffled petals and sweet fragrance reminiscent of cloves or cinnamon.

While no one knows for sure, most floral experts believe that carnations are native to the Mediterranean basin - they have been cultivated for over 2000 years.

The name carnation can be traced back to “coronation” or corone (flower garland) - it was one of the flowers used in ceremonial crowns worn by the ancient Greeks.

• Pink carnations, one of the most popular flowers in the world, have several traditional meanings, including mother’s love, remembrance, perfect happiness and gratitude.

•Like red roses, red carnations are also a traditional symbol of love and romance. Light red carnations say to someone “I admire and care for you” and dark red carnations symbolise romantic love.

• Even though they appear bright and cheerful, if you sent a gift of yellow carnations during Victorian times, it symbolised your disappointment with someone.

• White carnations symbolise innocent love and are a traditional good luck gift for a woman.

• In France, carnations are grown commercially for their oil, which is used in skin creams, as a muscle relaxant, and for the treatment of hair loss.

• In Spain, the carnation is the primary flower used in many religious celebrations and national festivals.

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