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Carnation

Dianthus spp.

Also known as

Flower of the gods, Pink

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

4a-8b

USDA zone

-34°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Carnation Overview

The genus Dianthus contains around 338 semi-evergreen or evergreen perennial, annual and biennial species of herbaceous plants and subshrubs with woody stems. They are known by the general name carnation. Usually grown for their strongly scented, highly colourful, filly, 5-petalled flowers, these plants are well placed in rock gardens. Most species display different shades of pink and white flowers, but one is known to have yellow and purple flowers. They mainly originate from Europe and Asia, with some species found in North Africa and one arctic species, Dianthus repens is found in North America. There are many colourful, cultivated forms of this genus and they are common garden plants. Short-lived perennial species are best propagated by division, cuttings or layering. Most species can be grown from seed.

Common problems with Carnation

How to propagate Carnation

Cuttings

Layering

Seed

Division

Special features of Carnation

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Carnation

Grown for their mass of flowers, often scented, some of which are excellent for cutting. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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