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. White carnations symbolize innocence and pure love. It also makes for a great gift to give a woman if you're wishing her good luck. If you think someone is sweet and lovely, the white carnation is the perfect flower to tell them what you think.