Dianthus, also known as Carnation, is a genus of the Caryophyllaceae family mostly native to Europe and Asia. It contains about 300 species of annuals, perennials and subshrubs. Most species have simple, narrow leaves and abundant flowers that come in many shapes and colours. Carnations are often spicily fragrant and long-blooming, making them perfect for bouquets and gardens. They are valued for their beauty, charm, clove-like scent and long-lasting freshness.
Meaning: The name “Dianthus” comes from the Greek words “dios” (“god”) and “anthos” (“flower”). The common name “Carnation” was derived from the Latin word “incarnation,” meaning the incarnation of God.
It is also thought to be derived from the Latin word “caro “, which means “flesh”, in reference to the colour of the first Carnations.
Symbolism: This beautiful flower has a rich history and is deeply embedded in symbolism. Dianthus is considered as the flower of the gods, a divine flower. It symbolizes admiration, passion, capriciousness, affection, love and gratitude.