Carnations, once the most popular flower in the world, come from a rich history that dates back 2,000 years. Today, carnations are second to roses as the most popular flower of choice for different occasions throughout the year. The majority of carnations sold in the U.S. are shipped from South America with Colombia, where all of Sunshine’s farms are located, ranking at the very top of the list of growers!
The following are 7 interesting facts about carnations:
- There are 3 main types of carnations: large flowered, spray, and dwarf (multiple flowers growing off a single stem).
- Carnations are originally pink and purple, but thanks to selective breeding they can now be found in nearly every color. Some carnations are also multicolored and add a beautiful and unique touch to designs!
- Placing white carnations in water with food coloring will transform their color in as little as one day.
- Carnations were first cultivated in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome and quickly became the preferred choice for ceremonial crowns and garlands, some believe this is where the name “carnation” originated.
- Carnations are known to have strong stems and for their long vase life well after they’ve been cut.
- Different color carnations evoke different feelings. Pink represents motherly love and gratitude while dark red means deep love and passion.
- Carnations are edible! The flowers are a popular choice of garnish and decoration for cakes, other baked goods and even salads.
And there you have it! Although carnation’s popularity decreased for a few years, they’ve recently made an incredible comeback. These beautiful flowers are super versatile and long-lasting, so it’s easy to see why it’s a popular choice all over the world!