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Create a palette of colors in your garden with scarlet, purple, pink, white, yellow, and bicolored flowers combined with elegant, blue-green foliage. Butterflies enjoy their nectar. Excellent cut or dried flower; one flower per stem. The mild-clove-flavored petals make a colorful garnish to salads, desserts, and cold drinks. (The flower's central disk, while edible, can be bitter.)

Botanical Name: Dianthus caryophullus
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Native: Probably Mediterranean region
Hardiness: Reliable perennial in USDA zones 6-9
Plant Dimensions: 18″ tall
Variety Information: 1″–3″ mostly double blossoms in shades of scarlet, pink, purple, white, yellow, and bi-colors; sweet clove scent.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer
Attributes: Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 14–21 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 4 seeds every 12″
Thinning: When 1″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″

140 seeds.