Origin of dianthusModern Latin from Classical Greek dios, divine (see deity) + anthos, a flower
any of a genus (Dianthus) of plants of the pink family, including the carnation and sweet william
Origin of dianthusNew Latin Dianthus genus name probably alteration (influenced by di- 1) of Greek diosanthos carnation Dios genitive of Zeus Zeus ; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots. anthos flower
- Wildflower Pinks, also known just as Pinks, are in the Dianthus family, which makes them cousins to carnations, sweet Williams, baby's breath and about 300 other varieties of flowers.
- Even the sewing tool known as pinking shears, a type of scissor that creates a wavy edge, may be named after the ruffled dianthus flower.
- Such are: (a) Butterfly-flowers, usually red in colour, as Dianthus carthusianorum; (b) Moth-flowers, white or whitish, as honeysuckle (Loniceea periclymenum).
- Dianthus chinensis (Indian pink): half-hardy, 6 in.
- Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William): hardy, I to I i ft., crimson, purple, white or parti-coloured.