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PlantFiles: Carnation
Dianthus caryophyllus 'Clove Drops'

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: Clove Drops

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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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)
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
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting
Flowers are good for drying and preserving
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive berrygirl On Mar 12, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This delectable new Carnation is a treat for the senses, cascading up to 2 1/2 feet from baskets, windowboxes, and other containers! The huge, fully double 3-inch blooms have a rich, evocative clove scent that may remind you of old-fashioned hard candy (or Thanksgiving baking!). Very long-lived, these blooms arise all over the trailing plant, offering great color contrast with the small, dusty silver-green foliage. A splendid sight in full sun to part shade,Clove Drops erupts into blooms of red, bright rose, pink, burgundy, salmon, yellow, and white!
Frost-tolerant and carefree, this half-hardy perennial (grown as an annual) will bloom long into winter in warm climates. Great for fall holiday aroma without the calories!
This vigorous plant needs full sun for best flowering. Start seeds indoors in late winter and transplant after last frost, or sow seeds directly when the ground warms. Blooms in 5 months or less from sowing! To overwinter, cut them back after bloom and mulch heavily. (PARK SEED CATALOG)

I have been growing these for about 3- 4 years now. I started mine from seeds but I didn't get all the colors that are listed- wish I had. I love these as they are very fragrant, care-free and aren't fazed by heat, drought or cold. They are evergreen for me.


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

Braselton, Georgia
Homer Glen, Illinois

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