Dianthus, also known as Carnation, is a genus of the Caryophyllaceae family mostly native to Europe and Asia. It contains about 300 species of annuals, perennials and subshrubs. Most species have simple, narrow leaves and abundant flowers that come in many shapes and colours. Carnations are often spicily fragrant and long-blooming, making them perfect for bouquets and gardens. They are valued for their beauty, charm, clove-like scent and long-lasting freshness.