In general, carnations symbolize fascination, love and distinction.
Most of us appreciate their beauty regardless of the meaning attached to the flower color.
It is a good idea though to check the symbolism of each particular color of carnation to avoid hurting someones feelings.
The various colors of carnation flowers have different meanings and hidden messages attaches to them, some positive and some negative.
Carnations with positive meaning:
- Dark red Carnation means deep love and a woman's affection.
White carnations symbolize pure love and good luck.
- Light red carnation means admiration.
The pink carnation is the symbol of a mother's undying love.
Unlike the above gillyflowers, the yellow, purple and striped carnations have a negative symbolism attached to them.