Boutonnière - Flowers

Flowers

The flower itself is often a carnation, of which the most formal is white. The classic alternative is one in clove red. Other colours and flowers may also be chosen to better coordinate with whatever else is being worn, such as a blue cornflower. A white gardenia is sometimes seen as a superior alternative to carnations given its scent and beauty.

Traditionally, certain flowers are associated with certain events, people or days:

  • Red roses are worn by Englishmen on St. George's Day
  • Blue cornflowers are often worn by Old Harrovians
  • Primroses are worn for Disraeli's birthday
  • Artificial poppies (mostly red) are worn for Remembrance Day
  • Orchids are associated with Joseph Chamberlain
  • Green carnations are sometimes associated with homosexuality

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