Dianthus common names include: Common names include carnations,
pinks, and sweet william. Dianthus is a genus of about 300
species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae,
native mainly to Europe and Asia, with a few species extending
south to north Africa, and one species in arctic North America.
Dianthus are a flowering plant that is a member
of the carnation family.
Other Names: Sweet William, Carnations,
Duizendschoon, Sweet-william, Sweetwilliam, Pinks,
Gilly Flower, Clove Pinks, Cheddar Pinks
Descriptions: Many dianthus species have
"notched" petals on their flowers. Dianthus
have unique blueish-green foliage.
Size: Dianthus can grow from 2 inches
to 3 feet tall.
Symbolism: Dianthus symbolizes heavenly
Grow Details: Dianthus are moderately
tolerant and easy to grow.
Soil Type: Well
Drained - Clay or Sandy
Soil PH: Neutral to slightly alkaline
PH 6.75 ideal.
Light: Full Sun
Grow Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Height: Dianthus can grow from 2
inches to 3 feet tall.
Flower Colors: Pink, White, Red,
Propagation: Propagate Dianthus by
cuttings, layering or division
Division/Transplants: Divide every
3 to 4 years.
Blooming Period: Spring to Summer
Type: Annuals, Perennials, and Bi-ennials
Herbal Remedy Properties: Large amounts
of Dianthus can cause uterine contractions. Dianthus
can also act as a short term diuretic.
Native Area: Dianthus are native to most
of Europe and western Asia.
|The species are mostly perennial herbs,
a few are annual or biennial, and some are low subshrubs
with woody basal stems. The leaves are opposite,
simple, mostly linear and often strongly glaucous
grey-green to blue-green. The flowers have five
petals, typically with a frilled or pinked margin,
and are, in almost all species pale to dark pink.