Thursday, 24 January 2013


Dianthus caryophyllus -carnation -  is a species of Dianthus. It is probably native to the Mediterranean region but its exact range is unknown due to extensive cultivation for the last 2,000 years. It is the wild ancestor of the garden carnation. It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 80 cm tall. The leaves are glaucous greyish green to blue-green, slender, up to 15 cm long. The flowers are produced singly or up to five together in a cyme; they are 3–5 cm diameter, and sweetly scented; the original natural flower colour is bright pinkish-purple, but cultivars of other colours, including red, white, yellow and green, have been developed.

Carnations require well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil, and full sun. Numerous cultivars have been selected for garden planting. Typical examples include 'Gina Porto', 'Helen', 'Laced Romeo', and 'Red Rocket'. Colombia is the largest carnation producer in the world.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


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  2. Løvely photos, seems almost I know the smell of the Dianthus.

  3. Very bright red colour. Lovely.

  4. Love the colour, very vibrant and pretty.

  5. I love the colour! This is one of my favorite flowers.


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