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Carnation Colors and What They Mean

Updated on April 27, 2015

I recently read a hub about birth months and flowers. It inspired me to look up the color meanings for my own birth month flower, which is the carnation. In general, the meanings of the carnation include love, fascination, and distinction. The scientific name of the carnation is Dianthus Caryophyllus. In Greek, Dianthus means "the flower of god". Carnations are used to symbolize many occasions, including; the month of January, Mother's Day, Teacher's Day, and is the state flower of Ohio.

The White Carnation:

It means good luck or pure love.

Example of when to give one:

♥For a graduation.

♥For a going-away gift when someone is moving.

The Pink Carnation:

It means unforgettable love, particularly for and from a mother.

Example of when to give one:

♥For your mother on Mother's Day.

♥For your daughter on her birthday.

The Purple Carnation:

It means capriciousness. (which means unpredictable or witty)

Example of when to give one:

♥For a friend or family member for a birthday.

♥For an apology to someone.

The Light-Red Carnation:

It means admiration.

Example of when to give one:

♥For a recent girlfriend on her birthday.

♥For your sister on her birthday.

The Dark-Red Carnation:

It means deep love and affection.

Example of when to give one:

♥For your girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

♥For your girlfriend's birthday.

The Yellow Carnation:

It means disappointment.

Example of when to give one:

♥For someone you don't necessarily like but have to get them a gift.

♥For someone you are dating that you no longer want to date.

The Striped Carnation:

It means regret.

Example of when to give one:

♥For someone you are apologizing to.

♥For a funeral.


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      mia 5 years ago

      some flowers r 4 love some r 4 hurt but threr r no flowers to comepair to a mothers love love u mom

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      NunYoBizness 5 years ago

      Good info thx i learn something not being sarcastic :D

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      Brandi Swieter 6 years ago from Holland, MI

      You can look up the meanings for every kind of flower and their colors. Some go in general by the flowers like roses mean this carnations mean that. Others go by each specific flower and each specific color of those flowers. Anyways, glad you liked it. :)

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      This is very interesting. I had heard about the meanings for different colored roses but not for carnations. Thanks for this hub.

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      Brandi Swieter 6 years ago from Holland, MI

      Thank you both for the comments and for reading. :)

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      Jobs Etc 6 years ago

      I always wondered what the different colors mean, now I know. Thank you for sharing this information.

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      Amy Gillie 6 years ago from Indiana

      The carnation is my birth flower also. A very interesting and pretty hub! Voted up.