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PlantFiles: Carnation
Dianthus caryophyllus 'Garden Spice Marble'

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

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 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)

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:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
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
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral dmac085 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:)

Positive GreeneLady 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.


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

Harlem, Georgia
Greensboro, North Carolina

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