Cloves, and Pinks
Cloves, and Pinks have been grown over the centuries for
their attractive and deliciously spicy-fragranced
flowers, also prized for cutting. Of the family Carophyllaceae,
Dianthus is a genus of over 300 species of mostly
evergreen low-growing sub-shrubs, annuals, and biennials
from the mountains and meadows of South, Central, and
Eastern Europe, and North Asia to Japan. One species is
native to North America.
and Pinks are similar in habit and flower, the
differences being Pinks are usually smaller in stature
and frequently have fewer petals. In Florida, most
species of Dianthus are grown as cool season annuals
from Zone 9 south.
evergreen low-growing sub-shrub, annual, and biennial.
Central, and Eastern Europe, North Asia to Japan and North America
3 - 10
6" to 2'
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Salt Tolerance: Low
Well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil
Water Requirements: Low
Nutritional Requirements: Balanced
low nitrogen fertilizer monthly
Light Requirements: Full
sun to partial shade (provide protection from hot afternoon sun).
Low growing sub-shrub
Linear to lance-shaped, mostly pointed, and often
blue-gray or gray-green.
Often fragrant. Flowers may be
"single", possessing one row of petals
generally five in number; "double", bearing
two or more rows of petals; or "semi-double"
with up to 60 wide-spreading petals. Colors include
white, red, pink, yellow, and mixed.
Pests or diseases:
Slugs, sow bugs, grasshoppers, squirrels, crown
rot, aphids, and spider mites.
Cut flowers, can
be used in beds, borders, patio pots or planters,
ground cover, mass planting
Cost: $$ --
Cuttings or by seed
Sources: PERENNIALS FOR AMERICAN GARDENS, AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY A-Z ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GARDEN PLANTS