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Carnations

Carnations are one of the world's oldest cultivated flowers, and appreciated for their ruffled petals and long-lasting bloom time. They're also a sweet gift for Valentine's day, as the meanings of the carnation include fascination, distinction, and love. They may be best known, however, as the official flower of Mother's Day.

Carnations are available in many colors. The most popular are red, white, and pink. You can also find blooms with combinations of these colors.

Carnations are attractive both as a single bloom in a bud vase, or as a mass of flowers in a larger vase. You can mix and match, or stick to flowers of the same color, arranging several bunches together. Miniature carnations have sprays of five or six flowers per stem with smaller blooms.

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