Dianthus chinensis (China pink) is an annual genus from the carnation family (Caryophyllaceae). Carnations like sun and a humus-rich and fertilized soil. They bloom from June to August.
The carnation family is represented worldwide, particularly in areas with a temperate climate. The largest collection of species of this family can be found in European and Asian areas around the Mediterranean Sea.
Carnations are used in the perfume industry because of their soft, spicy fragrance. They are also very popular in potpourris. The flower petals of Dianthus chinensis give off a nice flavour to liqueurs and are very suitable for use in flower vinegar, soups, sauces, salads, in or on a dessert or as decoration on a cake.
The flowers that exude a subtle smell have fringed flower petals with a soft, spicy, clove-like taste. The flower receptacle and pedicel are not tasty, as they leave a bitter taste.