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Can Can Scarlet Carnation

Dianthus caryophyllus 'Can Can Scarlet'

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Can Can Scarlet Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus 'Can Can Scarlet') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Dianthus caryophyllus 'Can Can Scarlet' flowers

Dianthus caryophyllus 'Can Can Scarlet' flowers

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Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  6 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Group/Class:  Can Can Series

Description:

Fully double scarlet carnations with fringed petal edges bloom consistently over a long season, especially in warmer climates; great for border fronts, containers, and floral arrangements

Ornamental Features

Can Can Scarlet Carnation has masses of beautiful fragrant scarlet frilly flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Can Can Scarlet 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.

Can Can Scarlet Carnation is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Can Can Scarlet Carnation will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 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.

Can Can Scarlet Carnation is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. 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