Blue Carnation - A Guide to Blue Carnations

Blue Carnation

Blue carnations are perfect for parties! They are fun and colorful as they cheer up every room. Blue carnations are charming flowers that spread joy and elegance. Although most of them do not have a natural blue color, they are widely spread in florist shops all over the world and used for various special occasions.

Blue Carnation Description

  • Family: Caryophyllaceae
  • Origin: The first blue carnations could be found from the early 1970’s when they were dyed using food color and not natural pigments. In 1997, twelve Australian scientists from a company called Florigene conceived the first blue carnation by using genetic engineering. They took the blue pigment, delphinium, from the genes of a petunia and inserted it into the DNA of the carnation. Thus, the blue carnation with a natural pigment was born. The blue carnation is actually violet blue and was called “Moondust”.
  • Height: Blue carnations grow from 4 to 24 inches.
  • Leaves: The leaves of the blue carnations are narrow having a crown shape with green, grey and bluish reflections.

Blue Carnation Species

There are three types of blue carnations: large Carnations, the normal kind of carnations that have on the end of the stem one big flower, spray Carnations, also known as mini carnations, compound of smaller flowers and dwarf Carnations, on one stem they only have several flowers.

Blue Carnation Meaning

Blue is a color that symbolizes tranquility, peace and spirituality. It is a calm color, the color of the sky and, even though cool, it has the “power” to install serenity into one’s mind. Blue also represents truth and this is why blue carnations are often used for flower arrangements in weddings, as they are a very clear response to the feelings of pure love and truth the groom and the bride have for one another.

Blue Carnations Arrangements

Blue carnations arrangements are great for any occasion. Whether they are set in baskets or mixed up in centerpieces, they sure draw an immediate attention.

In baskets, blue carnation arrangements look wonderful combined with white mini carnations, daisies and baby’s breath (gypsophila). Also, Spider Mums go really great with blue carnations, no matter if they are dyed light blue, yellow or are plain white.

Blue carnation centerpieces go very well with white tulips, but you can also try mixing them with aster, or snapdragons.

Blue carnations should be mixed with white or yellow flowers, as they lighten up the blue in the arrangement. Normally, single flower blue carnation arrangements are preferred.

Blue Carnation Bouquets

Blue carnation bouquets may be used for weddings. A silk blue carnation bouquet may be just the thing for an out of the ordinary bride and, in combination with white roses, they should look amazing.

Blue carnations are wired in bouquets in order to keep their stems straight. As they have quite a long stem, the shape of the blue carnation bouquet may vary from pageant, to round, nosegay or hand-tied.

Blue Carnations in Gardens

Blue carnations cannot be grown in gardens as they are obtained in an artificial manner by hybridization.


If kept in a vase, indoors, blue carnations should not be exposed to any sort of heat. Dryness should be avoided in order for the colored bloom to maintain its freshness. So, spray the foliage and remove it from direct sun.

If you try to dye a white carnation blue all by yourself, you should know that the longer you keep the bloom of the carnation in the colored water, the brighter the blue nuance on the petals will be.

Blue carnations are highly remarked as party decorations and they can be easily obtained from dyeing a white carnation with blue food color. You just have to cut the carnation stem in a half and let it absorb the bluish color for a few hours and you will have a blue carnation of your own in no time!