The Divine Flower with a Carnation Sensation

Meet the Dianthus Caryophyllus, a plant that's as fun to say as it is to grow! Also known as the Border Carnation, Carnation, Clove Pink, Divine-flower, Franklin's Tartar, Gilly-flower, Sclopon, and Wild Carnation, this plant is a true showstopper in any garden.

Dianthus caryophyllus

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

High Water Needs

Requires frequent watering but doesn't tolerate standing water. Needs regular attention.

Highly Adaptable to Various Soils

Thrives in clay, silt loam, or sand, showing great adaptability.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in multiple pH ranges.

Moderate Safety Concerns

Toxic if ingested, handle with caution. Can cause skin irritation and toxic if ingested.

Safe for All Animals

No known safety risks to pets or livestock.


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About Dianthus caryophyllus

Standing proud at 1-4 feet tall and spreading out to a width of 6-12 inches, the Dianthus Caryophyllus is a sight to behold. Its leaves are a stunning mix of cerulean, ash, and lime, while its flowers bloom in a vibrant array of canary, tangerine, blush, violet, crimson, dappled, and ivory hues. These flowers bloom around midyear, adding a pop of color to your garden just when you need it most.

Did you know that the Dianthus Caryophyllus is a favorite among pollinators? Bees, butterflies, and moths can't resist its sweet nectar, making it a great choice if you're looking to attract these helpful creatures to your garden.

Also known as

Border carnation
Clove pink
Franklin's Tartar
Wild carnation


Not only is this plant a feast for the eyes, but it's also literally edible! That's right, you can add a floral touch to your salads and desserts with these beautiful blooms.

Our design recommendations

With its compact size and vibrant colors, the Dianthus Caryophyllus is perfect for adding a pop of color to your garden. Plant it along the perimeter for a stunning border, or group several together for a dramatic display. Its versatility makes it a favorite among garden designers. This plant is a great choice for a variety of landscape locations. It can thrive in a tub on your porch, in a compact area of your garden, or even along sidewalks. Wherever you plant it, it's sure to make a statement.