Gardening Questions And Answers
Most of the Dianthus varieties will reach heights of 18-24 inches, but there are a few dwarf carnations that grow 9-12″ tall. Shades of pinks and purple, white and red flowers are the colors that are most commonly available and some heavily scented carnations have a intoxicating, spicy fragrance that is very appealing.
Bees do not see color the same way humans do, so they are attracted to certain flower colors. Annual (and some non-annual) plants that add beauty to a garden while not attracting bees include marigolds (Tagetes), tulips (Tulipa), daylilies (Hemerocallis), Impatiens and pinks or carnations (Dianthus).
The Garden Pinks or Dianthus genus includes annuals, biennials and perennials such as carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus) and Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus). Pinks (Dianthus plumarius) multiply easily and are deer resistant. The fragrant blossoms come in many colors and make excellent cut flowers.
The larvae of the carnation tortrix (Cacoecimorpha pronubana) feed on the upper surface, thereby producing holes. Finally, at the third larval instar, the whole leaf is attacked and surrounded by a dense silken mass. The larvae hide inside the rolled leaves, growing tips or flowers that have been spun together.
Carnations (Dianthus spp.) Pot carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus) grow well in indoor conditions and prefer temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, well-draining potting soil, bright light and good air circulation. The flowers are typically 10 to 12 inches tall, while the heads are about 1 inch in diameter.
Home gardeners typically buy carnation plants as perennials. Carnations are hardy in Zones 5 or 6 to 9, depending on the variety. These are short-lived perennials, typically blooming strongly for only three to four years. Plan to divide carnations whenever growth in the middle of a clump starts to die.
Carnations probably originated in the Pyrenees as single flowered specimens, but none of these naturally occurring, single, wild varieties exist today. The beauty of its flower, its longevity as a cut flower and the ease with which it could be cultivated combined to give it instant popularity in many, many cultures.
When ingested, the carnation can cause gastrointestinal upset and exposure to skin may lead to dermatitis in your dog. While the exact toxin is unknown, it can cause toxicity symptoms like skin irritation and diarrhea in your dog if exposed to or ingested. If your dog ingested a carnation, contact your veterinarian.