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It's coming up carnations for January

by webdev

January 04, 2011

The turn of each new month comes with the opportunity to shine the spotlight on a different flower, as blooms, like birth stones, correspond to various months. During January, the carnations take center stage.

Carnation flowers are considered to portend good luck when given as gifts and have different meanings depending on the color. Red symbolizes worldly desires and approval, purple signifies opposition, pink belies maternal love and make ideal Mother's Day flower gifts, and white is for truth and purity, according to

Carnations are also thought to represent love, fascination and distinction, and are most famous according to Christian legend for appearing at the time of Jesus's crucifixion, springing up from the ground where Mary's tears fell, according to

An alternative to the carnation for the month of January is the snowdrop, a small white bloom which often flowers during the first month of the year. It was once even thought that moly, the magical herb used by Homer in the Odyssey, was actually a snowdrop - galantamine, its active substance, is used to treat Alzheimer's today, reports

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