The carnation is a popular flower that has a history dating back over 2000 years! They are the birth flower of January and the official flower of Mother's Day. Carnations are a favourite flower for many as they are inexpensive, long-lasting and come in an array of colours. Variegated carnations are hybrid versions of solid coloured carnations. Just like the blue carnation, these flowers were genetically altered to create the colour pattern in the petals!