A potpourri (below) of pinks/perennial carnation/Dianthus species information as a supplement to other articles.
A plant-based page rather than our usual topic-based page. It's a pivot point, one list of links to ours and others' articles that involve Dianthus species.
The ruffled or "pinked" edge of the petal might be the origin of Dianthus' common name. Tailors use pinking shears to make such a cut, its purpose to limit ravelling along the edge of raw fabric.
Many Dianthus are blue-green grassy evergreens, quite a few bloom with the fragrance of cloves, and all require perfect drainage especially during winter.
Dianthus flowers are pink, red, white, occasionally yellow and variations. The perennial species are mat formers that are especially happy lapping over rocks.
One of our favorite pinks came from a cross between a perennial and an annual Dianthus species. Dianthus x allwoodii inherited the short stature of the perennial and the non-stop bloom of the annual. It is reasonably hardy in zone 5, where we sometimes enjoy a planting for several years at a stretch.
deadheading Dianthus x allwoodii for continual bloom: