White House Nursery
Carnation Collection

Carnation Dianthus caryophyllus

Our Collection

We have the JD & Sandra Daly Carnation Collection. John Daly (dec) and his lovely wife Sandra used to travel to shows around NSW, VIC, TAS & SA selling carnations.

John Daly was in the nursery business for over 30 years and carnations were his great flower love. Together, John and Sandra became well known for the quality and variety of their product and for John's naughty sense of humour. They are pictured here.

Since John died in 2014, we have taken on their collection in his memory.

We hope you enjoy the Carnations we have on offer now and in the future.

Dianthus caryophyllus, carnation or clove pink, is a species of Dianthus. It is probably native to the Mediterranean region but its exact range is unknown due to extensive cultivation for the last 2,000 years.

It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 80 cm tall. The leaves are glaucous greyish green to blue-green, slender, up to 15 cm long. The flowers are produced singly or up to five together in a cyme; they are 3-5 cm diameter, and sweetly scented; the original natural flower colour is bright pinkish-purple, but cultivars of other colours, including red, white, yellow and green, have been developed.

Some fragrance-less carnation cultivars are often used as boutonnieres for men.

Traditional meanings

For the most part, carnations express love, fascination, and distinction, though there are many variations dependent on colour.

The formal name for carnation, dianthus, comes from Greek for heavenly flower.

Carnations Meaning
In General Fascination, Woman's Love
Pink Carnations Mother's Love
Light red Carnations Admiration
Dark red Carnations Deep Love and a Woman's Affection
White Carnations Pure Love and Good Luck
Striped Carnations Regret, Refusal
Green Carnations St. Patrick's Day
Purple Carnations Capriciousness
Yellow Carnation Disappointment, Dejection
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