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Grenadin King Of The Blacks Carnation

Dianthus caryophyllus 'Grenadin King Of The Blacks'

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Grenadin King Of The Blacks Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus 'Grenadin King Of The Blacks') at Roger's Gardens

Grenadin King Of The Blacks Carnation flowers

Grenadin King Of The Blacks Carnation flowers

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Grenadin King Of The Blacks Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus 'Grenadin King Of The Blacks') at Roger's Gardens

Grenadin King Of The Blacks Carnation in bloom

Grenadin King Of The Blacks Carnation in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Description:

Fully double deep dark burgundy-red carnations with fringed petal edges bloom consistently over the summer season on firm stems; one of the darkest near-black carnations; great for borders, containers, and floral arrangements

Ornamental Features

Grenadin King Of The Blacks Carnation has masses of beautiful fragrant burgundy frilly flowers with dark red overtones and black streaks at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves remain bluish-green in color with hints of silvery blue throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Grenadin King Of The Blacks Carnation is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Grenadin King Of The Blacks Carnation is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Grenadin King Of The Blacks Carnation will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Grenadin King Of The Blacks Carnation is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features