There are about 300 species of Dianthus, native mainly to Europe and Asia, with a few species in north Africa and in southern Africa. One species (D. repens) comes from arctic North America. They are commonly called Carnations or Pinks.
Most of them are rock garden plants. They have disc-like bright blossoms, some of which are fringed. They tend to be fragrant. Today, there are over 27,000 registered cultivars.
Name Derivation: from the Greek words dios meaning divine and anthos meaning flower.
Common Name: carnation, pink
Dianthus is in the family Caryophyllaceae.