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Scientific Name: Dianthus caryophyllus
Alternative Names: Wild Carnation

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Dianthus caryophyllus
Dianthus caryophyllus


  • Perennial
  • Clove Pink is the wild ancestor of today's garden carnation which have been developed into cultivars of diferent colors like yellow, white, red, etc.
  • Clove Pink is a hardy perennial with greyish-green to blue-green slender leaves and intensely sweetly scented bright pinkish-purple flowers that attracts butterflies.
  • It is loosely tufted and can grow up to 30cm.
  • Needs sun and will grow in any well-drained alkaline to saline soil.
  • Can tolerate maritime exposure and atmospheric pollution.

Culinary Uses

  • Fresh petals, with the bitter white base removed, can be candied, pickled in vinegar, added to salads and be used to flavor fruit.
  • They can also be used as a substitute for rose petals in making a syrup.
  • At Mountain Herb Estate we use the whole flower to make a liqueur.

Parts Used

  • Flowers and leaves.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • The flower petals are alexiteric, antispasmodic, cardiotonic, diaphoretic and nervine.
  • Treats coronary and nervous disorders.

Other Uses

  • Today carnation is grown commercially in France for its rich clove-like essential oil that is used in perfumery.
  • The flower heads are dried for pot-pourri and scented sachets.
  • The plant is rich in saponins - the leaves can be simmered in water and used as a facial soap.
The information contained within this website is for educational purposes only. This site merely recounts the traditional uses of specific plants as recorded through history. Always seek advice from a medical practitioner.

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