Have you heard of the Gillyflower?

Gilly Flower

Carnations Vased

The Gillyflower is one of the Dianthus genres. Similar to a carnation in their petal shape, colors, and boldly fragrant, the Gillyflower is a Eurasian plant with pink to purple-red petals that are spice-scented, usually double flowers. They are widely cultivated in many varieties and many colors.

“The Gillyflowers got its name via French giroflée from Greek karyophyllon = “nut-leaf” = the spice called clove. Some say that “gillyflower” originally referred to scented plants that were used in Europe as a cheap substitute for the spice called clove” per Wikipedia

Although the Gillyflower is not a common florist flower, its “cousin” the carnation is. Carnations are one of the longest lasting flowers; available in beautiful colors, and fragrant.

Carnations have long been known to have a love hate relationship with flower receivers. Some look at them as a cheap out from sending more exotic flowers or roses, however others love receiving carnations because they know they will be able to enjoy their beauty for a long time. . Whatever, carnations remain one of the best values in flowers. Throw in a nice card, balloon, a teddy bear, box of chocolates, or what not and although the carnations may be slightly more cost effective, the sentiment is the same – they were sent with the heart.