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Scientific Name: Dianthus barbatus

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Dianthus barbatus
Dianthus barbatus


  • Biennial
  • Short-lived biennial that produces decoratively fringed, edible flowers.
  • Can be used in mass plantings, as border plants, or as a container plant on a patio.
  • Needs loamy, slightly alkaline soil with sun to partial shade.
  • Attracts birds, bees and butterflies.

Culinary Uses

  • The flowers petals are edible and have a sweet, spicy, clove like scent.
  • Use as garnish.
  • Adds colour and flavour to salads, baked goods, ice cream and savoury dishes.

Parts Used

  • The flower petals.

Other Uses

  • Good cut flower.
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