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Botanical Name:

Dianthus spp.

Image of Dianthus

Dianthus, Pinks Photo Credit Tracie Bowers

Common Name(s):

Pinks, Carnation

Edible plants, Perennials, Poisonous, plants

Make sure the air circulation is good around Pinks because they are susceptible to fungal diseases; choose fragrant cultivars to add a spicy scent to the garden. Prior to eating the sweet or spicy clove flavored flowers remove the bitter, narrow base of the petals. The leaves of the plant should not be eaten, as this is the toxic part of the plant. Good cut flower.


Image of red Dianthus

Dianthus, Red
Photo Credit Tracie Bowers

6-24 inches

Flowering Period:

Late spring to early summer

Flower Color:
Pink, white, lavender, red

Borders, rock gardens, ground cover

USDA hardiness zone 4-9

Seeds, cuttings, division

Full sun, afternoon shade appreciated in hot summer climates


Well-drained slightly alkaline soil is best

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Europe and Asia

Pollinator(s) attracted:

Page by Tracie Bowers EMGV

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