One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A flowering plant of a genus that includes the pinks and carnations.
Genus Dianthus, family Caryophyllaceae
- ‘As a counterpoint to the hot, dry look of the sandstone, Charlotte chose cottage-garden flowers including campanulas, catmint, dianthus, peonies, and roses in shades of lavender, pink, blue, and wine red.’
- ‘Try ornamental kale and cabbage, Chinese cabbage, crinkle-leaf parsley, spinach, snapdragon and dianthus underplanted with spring-flowering bulbs.’
- ‘Other gardeners prefer to interplant them with spring flowers such as columbines, daisies, dianthus, Iceland poppies, lupines, and peonies.’
- ‘But dianthus, like orchids, are easily crossed among the species, and as a result we can enjoy varieties fall, winter and spring.’
- ‘There are a number of cool-season vegetables to plant, along with flowers such as dianthus, petunias, snapdragons and violas.’
From Greek Dios ‘of Zeus’ + anthos ‘a flower’.
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