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  • Very Fragrant
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Deer Resistant


  • Partial Sun to Full Sun
  • 5+ Hours of Direct Sun

Growing Zones:

Dianthus, also known as carnations or "pinks", are flowering perennials grown for the extremely fragrant flowers. The attractive blooms are great for wildlife or cut flower arrangements.

Growing Dianthus

Dianthus is a genus of 300 species of flowering perennials in the family Caryophyllaceae. The flowers have five frilled petals and sometimes have a strong spicy fragrance with cinnamon or clove notes. The flower colors can be magenta, purple, red, coral, pink & fuchsia. Some varieties can bloom several times a year as well. These plants are native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. Also known as carnation, “pinks”, & sweet william.

These plants are hardy in growing zones 4 to 9 and should be planted in a location that receives partial sun to full sunlight. Dianthus are small plants that only grow up to 10 inches tall. Most often these are grown in borders, in flower gardens or in a garden planter.

  • Magenta, purple, red, coral, pink & fuchsia blooms

  • Great as a cut flower

  • Native to Europe, Asia, and Africa

  • Only grow to be 10 inches tall

  • Growing zones 4 to 9

Dianthus Companion Plants

Because dianthus are pretty small plants, the best companion plants are often taller and upright. Choose plants to grow with dianthus that like at least 6 hours of sunlight. We recommend growing annuals, perennials and shrubs with dianthus that work well for cut flower arrangements like roses, red hot poker, verbena, salvia, snapdragons and lilacs.