Dianthus Flowers Buying & Growing Guide

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Dianthus Flowers

While you may not recognize the name dianthus, even casual gardeners are typically familiar with names like carnation, sweet William, and pinks. These are three of the most common flowers in the genus Dianthus, which comprises over 300 species of perennials, annuals, and biennels. These flowers are easily identified by their five-petaled blossoms that feature zig-zagged edges and come in multiple shades of pink. Other notable characteristics include:

  • An ability to withstand a wide range of temperatures.
  • Can be propagated easily from stem cuttings.
  • An affinity for sunlight and locations that receive full sun.

Dianthus Flowers for Sale

Dianthus Flower Overview

Quick Facts

OriginAsia and Europe
Scientific Name:Dianthus
Common NamesCarnation
TypeFlowering perennial, annual, or biennial
WateringMaintain moist soil
LightFull sun to partial shade
HeightUp to 3 feet
ToxicToxic to dogs, cats, and horses
PestsPredominantly pest-free