January Flower

Which is the January Flower? Learn more about the January flower, the Carnation, and the various meanings that it tends to depict.

January Birth Flower:
The flower for January is Carnation and it stands for bliss. People with carnation as their birth flower are quite ambitious and are destined to reach great levels in their life. Highly sensitive, they are very close and emotional with their friends and family. They also tend to help people in need without really expecting anything in return.


About the January Flower:
Originating in the Mediterranean region this flower has been cultivated for almost 2000 years. They grow throughout the year and are known for their vibrant colors than for their smell. The stem is long and slender and is slightly bluish green in color. The flowers are a vibrant pink, white, yellow and orange.


Meaning of Name and Symbolic Meaning:
'Dianthus Caryophyllus' is its scientific name. There are numerous theories on how the flower got its name. The Greeks used it to make crowns and that could have been a reason. However some argue that it has Latin origins, where ‘caro’ refers to the natural color of the flower and incarnito to the flesh.

The Carnation signifies strong and relaxing characteristics such as love, beauty, charm and peculiarity. It also stands for friendship and courage. Since they come in different colors, the meaning for each color varies. While a pink carnation stands for respect, a dark red can signify love and a deep affection. Carnations are generally thought to bring luck and a purple carnation is considered unusual.


Trivia:
- Spain’s national flower is the carnation.
- Ohio has carnation as it state flower
- The French however associate carnation with tragedy and ill luck and the flowers can often be found in funerals.