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Carnation
Carnation

Don't turn up your nose at the common carnation -- this long-lasting flower is full of possibilities for weddings. The ruffled-heads look offers an inexpensive way to bring lushness and color to bouquets and arrangements. When massed, they also make a pretty bouquet of their own.

Carnations have a long history; they were reportedly used to make ceremonial crowns in ancient Greece, and they were on hand at the wedding of Maximilian of Austria, the emperor of Mexico (1864-67), symbolizing marital bliss. Today, more than 300 species (in large, single blooms and miniature spray varieties) are available.

Season
year-round

Colors
white, yellow, apricot, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy, also bicolors and flecked

Scent
spicy, clovelike

Meaning
admiration, fascination, strong and pure love, unfading beauty

Cost
$

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