JANUARY BIRTH FLOWERS
Carnations express love, fascination, and distinction. Light red carnations represent admiration, while dark red denote deep love and affection. White carnations indicate pure love and good luck; striped symbolize a regret that a love cannot be shared. Green carnations are for St. Patrick’s Day; purple carnations indicate capriciousness. This is the one January birth flower.
Pink carnations have the most symbolic and historical significance. According to Christian legend, carnations first appeared on Earth as Jesus carried the Cross. The Virgin Mary shed tears at Jesus’ plight, and carnations sprang up from where her tears fell. Thus the pink carnation became the symbol of a mother’s undying love, and in 1907 was chosen by Ann Jarvis as the emblem of Mother’s Day, now observed in the United States and Canada on the second Sunday in May. A red carnation may be worn if one’s mother is alive, and a white one if she has died.
A flowering plant native to the Near East and has been cultivated for the last 2,000 years. Its original natural flower color was pinkish-hued, but later, cultivars of other colors, including red, white, yellow and greenish, have been developed.
Although originally applied to the species Dianthus caryophyllus, the name Carnation is also often applied to some of the other species of Dianthus, and more particularly to garden hybrids between D. caryophyllus and other species in the genus. January birth flowers come in all sorts of varieties.
Some scholars believe that the name carnation comes from coronation or corone (flower garlands), as it was one of the flowers used in Greek ceremonial crowns. Others think the name stems from the Greek carnis (flesh), which refers to the original color of the flower, or incarnacyon (incarnation), which refers to the incarnation of God made flesh.
The Snowdrop is another January birth flower, originally from Europe and Asia, is the best-known representative of a small genus of about 20 species in the family Amaryllidaceae that are among the first bulbs to bloom in spring.
(Galanthus Nivalis) – Is derived from the Greek word Galanthus meaning Milkflower and Nivalis, Latin for resembling snow.