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Dianthus caryophyllus 'Fenbow Nutmeg Clove'

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: caryophyllus (kar-ee-oh-FIL-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Fenbow Nutmeg Clove




6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:


Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer




Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clinton, Connecticut

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 11, 2012, LAS14 from Albany, ME (Zone 4b) wrote:

David_Paul, what catalogue was it that listed zone 7-10? That can't be right. I'm in zone 4a and expected mine to die over the winter, being zone 5, but they came back. Nothing like zone 7!!!

Mine didn't bloom until the second year. Gorgeous color.


On Aug 20, 2007, David_Paul from Clinton, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

100% germination from 20 seeds started March 1st. Slow growing. As of Aug 19th one plant has bloomed and the other 19 show no signs of buds forming. The fragrance of the few small flowers this year is intense and very nice.

Update 01/24/08:

The zone rating for this cultivar changed in this year's catalog.

In 2007, it was rated for Zone 3-8. This year, 2008, it is rated for Zone 7-10.


On Jun 30, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Fenbow's nutmeg clove is a cultivar of carnation. It has deep red flowers and is supposed to have a superior perfume. Supposed to be descended of the true "clove pink" used in the Middle Ages to flavor cordials and other foods with "clovey" flavor. Mine haven't bloomed yet so untill I see the whole plant I'll give it a neutral. Has however so far proved VERY easy to grow and has BEAUTIFUL glaucus blue green foliage. :)