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Dianthus caryophyllus 'King of the Blacks' (Carnation)

Hardy Carnation 'King of the Blacks', Dianthus 'King of the Blacks', Dianthus 'Grenadin King of Blacks', Clove Pink 'King of the Blacks'


Enriching any garden's color scheme, Dianthus caryophyllus 'King of the Blacks' (Carnation) is an eye-catching, loosely-tufted, herbaceous perennial with a profusion of clove-scented, dark burgundy-red, double flowers, up to 2 in. across (5 cm), atop firm stems. Elegantly rising above a low mound of evergreen, gray-green, linear foliage, the velvety, ruffled blossoms are produced in succession from late spring to mid summer. Adding contrast in the garden, this hardy carnation is perfect for the sunny border, patio containers and makes exquisite and long-lasting cut flowers.

  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 10-12 in. wide (25-30 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in average, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Prefers neutral to slightly alkaline conditions. Good drainage is essential for winter hardiness. Performs best in areas with cool summers.
  • Extremely versatile, this carnation is ideal for beds and borders, cottage gardens or containers.
  • Easy to grow, deer resistant, its clove fragrance attracts an array of beneficial insects to the garden, such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering and promote a compact habit.
  • Divide clumps every second spring, or plant new ones to maintain vigor

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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