The Carnation has been cultivated for over 2000 years.
Carnation is the national flower of Spain, and the provincial flower of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. The state flower of Ohio is a scarlet carnation.
The carnation is the emblem of Mother’s Day in the United States and Canada on the second Sunday in May. A red carnation may be worn if one’s mother is alive, and a white one if she has died.
In Korea, red and pink Carnations are used for showing love and gratitude toward your parents on Parents Day (May 8).
Red carnations are worn on May Day as a symbol of the labor movement in some countries, such as Austria, Italy, and successor countries of former Yugoslavia. Red carnation is also the symbol of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution.
Green carnations are for St. Patrick’s Day and were famously worn by the Irish writer Oscar Wilde. The green carnation thence became a symbol of homosexuality in the early 20th century.
At Oxford University, carnations are traditionally worn to all examinations; white for the first exam, pink for exams in between and a red for the last exam.
You can create a carnation of any colour thanks to Linda S Davies’ wonderful pattern.