The gillyflower is a modest flower, the ancestor of the modern carnation; it was prized in period for its use in garlands. As an heraldic charge, it is found in the arms of Pace, Bishop of Bangor, d.1533 [Parker 286]. The gillyflower is drawn in a stylized heraldic form; its “proper” coloration is gules, slipped vert. The illustration shows a gillyflower slipped and leaved.
Dorathea Osborne bears: Or, a gillyflower gules slipped and leaved vert, a bordure azure.
Grainne inghean ui Ghobhann bears: Quarterly indented vert and sable, three gillyflowers in bend argent seeded Or.
Damiana d’Avignon bears: Argent, three gillyflowers purpure slipped and leaved, a bordure vert.