However, while at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y., he took off his red boutonniere and gave it to a young admirer. Not long after that he was shot and killed there by an assassin.
The scarlet carnation is the state flower of Ohio.
The carnation is the national flower of Slovenia, Spain and Monaco.
For the Flemish the carnation is a symbol of love.
For legend and tradition lovers we find that many believed that Mary was following her son, Jesus the Christ (the Messiah), when he was on his way to the cross to die for the sins of the world past, present and future. As she walked her tears fell and where her tears landed beautiful carnations soon began to grow.
It is a tradition At Oxford University, where the first ancestor of the writer in America was a graduate before sailing to America in the 1630's, students wear a white carnation as exams began. Upon the beginning of the next series of exams they wear a pink carnation, and for the final part of the exams they sport a red carnation. The traditional thought is that, in the old days, a white carnation was placed in a red ink pot and, as time passed, the red ink was absorbed into the flower making it red by the end of the lengthy exams. Perhaps this was to time the exams that would be concluded when the carnation was a true red.
Oscar Wilde had a practice of wearing a green carnation on St. Patrick's Day.
Ann M. Jarvis was the founder of Mother's Day. She chose a pink carnation as the emblem of Mother's Day for it was her mother's favorite flower. As people are not content with tradition, but must add their own ideas, the choice of flower became changed to wearing a white carnation if the mother is deceased and a red carnation of she still lives.