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PlantFiles: Carnation
Dianthus caryophyllus 'King of the Blacks'

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: King of the Blacks

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral cinemike On Sep 25, 2013, cinemike from CREZIERES
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

Took two years to flower from seed. It appears that one must cut the flower stalks to maintain a long flowering period .... I didn't :O(

On the plus side plant was quite impressive in flower and seemed to thrive in my scree garden. Had I known what it was, I might have chosen a more conventional bed.

Germinates easily in the warm.

Neutral stormyla On Jan 3, 2010, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

These blooms always flopped and were messy looking in my beds.


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

Barbourville, Kentucky
Trinity, North Carolina
Norristown, Pennsylvania

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