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Pinks Dianthus

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dy-AN-thus
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

This plant has poison characteristics. Causes low toxicity only if eaten.  Skin irritation is minor or lasting only for a few minutes.

This carnation is an edible, perennial herb with narrow leaves that are often gray with a waxy feel. Flowers are 5-parted, often fragrant, pink-lilac, pink-purple or white. Propagation is accomplished by seeds, cuttings or division in spring.  This plant is resistant to damage by deer.

Make sure that the air circulation is good around Pinks, because they are susceptible to fungal diseases. Choose fragrant cultivars to add a spicy scent to the garden. Prior to eating the sweet or spicy clove flavored flowers, remove the bitter, narrow base of the petals.  Good cut flower.

Often found as a houseplant or interiorscape.  Also, as florist plants. Landscape in a flower garden as a herbaceous perennial.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
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#purple#white#pink#sun#poisonous#summer#spring#perennial#cpp#edible garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dianthus
    Family:
    Caryophyllaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eurasia
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is resistant to deer
    Edibility:
    Edible
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Poisonous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are 5-parted, often fragrant, pink-lilac, pink-purple or white.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Leaf Feel:
    Waxy
    Leaf Shape:
    Acicular
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Narrow leaves that are often gray with a waxy feel
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cutting Garden
    Edible Garden
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Dermatitis, ingestion
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Triterpenoid saponins
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves