How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Carnation—Dianthus caryophyllus
Family Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)

Plant Identification

Carnations are perennial plants grown as borders for shrubs or in containers.  They have double flowers that may be white, pink, purple, red, yellow, or orange.  Flowers bloom in spring through early summer and attract butterflies.  Leaves are bluish green and stems are leafy with a woody base.

Optimum conditions for growth

Carnations require rich, well-drained soil.  They can do well in full sun but require light shade in very hot areas.  Carnations need regular water.  Many perform best when plant supports are provided.

Carnation blossoms and flower buds
Carnation blossoms and flower buds

Pests and disorders of Dianthus caryophyllus



Environmental disorders



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