Native to Africa, Asia, and Europe, Dianthus, also known as pinks, is prized for its bluish-green, grass-like foliage and lush, star-clear, and often pungent flowers. Dianthus plants range from small creeping hedges to the 30-inch cut flowers that are a florist’s favorite.
The “pink” aspect of its name has a double meaning: the plants are usually pink. The petals feature a fringed appearance as if someone has picked up pink scissors around the edges. This flowering plant comprises around 300 species, including subshrubs, annual, or evergreen perennials.
Dianthus plants (Dianthus barbatus) are available in all sizes and shapes, including varieties that form a small patch of foliage and flowers and giant varieties that grow up to 3 feet tall with nearly no basal leave.
These flowering plants are usually mat-forming perennials with very dense leaves. The Dianthus plant is also known as Sweet William and smells with a hint of cloves or cinnamon. Dianthus flowers are mainly in shades of white, red, salmon, and pink. The foliage is thin and sparsely distributed on thick stems.