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DIANTHUS caryophyllus 'Floristan White'

Image of Dianthus caryophyllus 'Floristan White' (FLORISTAN SERIES)

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Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS caryophyllus 'Floristan White'( FLORISTAN SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Carnation, Floristan White Carnation

General Description

The large white blooms of this florist's carnation are borne on tall, stout, flop-resistant stems. This seed-propagated cultivar was developed for commercial growers but also works well in ornamental and cutting gardens.

Famous for their large, colorful, and often fragrant double flowers, florist's carnations result from centuries of breeding of the Mediterranean native Dianthus caryophyllus. The flowers are held on tall jointed stems above evergreen tufts of linear, grass-like, blue-green leaves. The fragrant blooms of 'Floristan White' appear from late spring to late summer on stems that exceed knee-height.

Carnations thrive in full to part sun and well-drained neutral to alkaline soil. Performing best in areas with cool summers, they benefit from additional shade where summer temperatures are very hot. They can be grown as annuals in areas where they are not winter-hardy. Sow 'Floristan White' outdoors in fall (in areas where they are winter-hardy), or indoors in late winter for planting out in early spring. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage heavier reblooming. Use Floristan carnations in cottage gardens, containers, and mixed borders. Their lovely, butterfly-enticing blossoms also make excellent cut flowers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    26"-30" / 66.0cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No