Carnations….Love or Hate?

The carnation is a controversial topic, people either love them or hate them. Most people hate them.


Carnations are hardy flowers which have been cultivated for hundreds of years. The flower ranges from the diminutive mini carnation used in bouquets–which are sometimes deceptive and not recognized as a carnation to large single bloom commonly worn in the buttonhole. Carnations may used as a filler in bouquets and are one of the most widely known flowers in the world. Many people associate carnations with love and affection, and they may be exchanged on holidays dedicated to these sentiments. They really are rather lovely bloom, even if they are considered “common”.

So, why do people dislike them so much?

Well, some associate them with funerals or as a cheap flower. Nothing could be further from the truth; they can be quite lovely and long-lasting when used in a floral arrangement. Carnations come in a wide variety of colors and vary from white, red, pink, yellow, purple, peach and bi-colors, just to name a few.

And yes, maybe they might look a little tacky dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day but isn’t that fun? The Carnation is a versatile flower that can transform itself from tacky to cool!!

Of course we get requests for carnations to NOT be put into arrangements but florists are slowly re-introducing them into popular culture as long as the customer isn’t specific. A bunch of carnations in a vase can last several weeks. Of course you will need to change the water and slightly trim the tips before placing them back into water. Now, what other flowers can do that?

Instead of being a carnation hater, take a second look.

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One Response to Carnations….Love or Hate?

  1. Debora McCormack says:

    They do last a long time. Great for small arrangements in your home especially the powder room.

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