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Carnation 'Garden Spice Marble'

Dianthus caryophyllus

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: Garden Spice Marble



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


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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


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Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

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

Harlem, Georgia

Greensboro, North Carolina

Bellevue, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 10, 2012, dmac085 from Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Just found these for sale today where I work and picked up a 1/2 gal for $3.98. Very strong stems and the flowers are mottled pink and white, really pretty and that perfect carnation smell. Looks like it stays in a fairly neat clump--pretty gray/green foliage strong enough to hold up the flowerheads. Hoping to have the same success with them as GreenLady did. Thanks for the helpful info in your comments--I'll be trying to divide it after blooming time is over now:)


On Mar 31, 2009, GreeneLady from Oak Island, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

These are very hardy carnations. Unlike the "Red Hot" carnation variety, these pink carnations have a sweet and spicy fragrance, a lot like cloves. Beautifully ruffled and long lasting, makes a perfect cut flower too! Deadhead after flower is spent to promote new flowers. I divided these from the mother plant last year after they had stopped blooming. Easy to grow here in the dry south!

I'd like to add that these make a great cut flower. They frequently have 2 or 3 flowers on one stem. If you cut a stem with unopened buds on them, they will all open in a vase, making them beautiful for up to 2 weeks.