Carnations are one of the most common choices for bouquets after roses. These beautiful flowers are known as “The Flower of Gods.” As flawlessly beautiful they are, they have some enthralling facts and history. There are over 300 varieties of carnations and can be found all around the world. Enthralling Carnation Flower Facts:
Carnations are known as the Flower of Gods
In Greek, Dios means Zeus AKA God, and anthos means Flower. The term dianthus was coined by Greek botanist Theophrastus, and the scientific name “Dianthus Caryophyllus” for carnations translates to Flower Of Gods. The flower is also known as “Heavenly Flowers.” Isn’t that beautiful?
Explanations Behind The Name- Carnation
Many believe that the name “carnation” comes from “coronation” or “corone” which means flower garlands, and since carnations are commonly used in Greek ceremonial crowns, hence the name Carnations.
Carnations are Edible
What looks beautiful, is definitely delicious. Although people who have tasted raw carnation flower petals say it is bland. They are often used as an edible decoration on desserts & salads. Moreover, carnations have been used to add flavour to different wines, liquors, and beers for over 400 years.
Carnations Come in Almost Every Colour
Carnations are found almost in every colour of the rainbow. Although their natural colours are pinkish-purple, the shades of white, yellow, orange, red, and green were created with the help of breeding. Due to their availability in a variety of colours, they were used as currencies in ancient times.
The Colour Of Carnations Can Be Changed
Although carnations come in a variety of colours, did you know that these colours can be changed? You can do it at home. Here is how:
- Take a glass of water and add 20 to 30 drops of food colour.
- Take a fresh white carnation flower, and place it in the glass. Let it absorb the colour for about 24 hours.
- Here you go, you have a carnation with your choice of colour.
Carnations are beautiful flowers, and truly underrated. Did you know that carnations can live up to 2 years? They can remain fresh for 14 days, even when they have been removed from the ground.
Bogota Is The Capital Of Carnations
Even though Bogota, Colombia produces the most carnations in the world, and is known as the capital of carnations, but the national flower of Colombia is not carnation. Carnation is the national flower of countries such as Monaco, Spain, and Slovenia. They are also used as a symbol of different fraternities and sororities.
Medical Properties of Carnations:
Carnations are known to have medicinal properties are and are used to treat multiple ailments- both mental and physical. It is known to treat problems like hair loss, muscle tension, stomach rashes and skin problems.