di·​an·​thus dī-ˈan(t)-thəs How to pronounce dianthus (audio)
plural dianthus also dianthuses

Examples of dianthus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Examples of plants that can be located in full sun now but in the half-day sun later would include petunia, dianthus, lobelia, and columbine (Aquiegia spp.) 2. Joshua Siskin, Orange County Register, 8 Mar. 2024 Dancing pink dianthus are interspersed with acid-green artemisia; drifts of plump red roses punctuate a froth of Queen Anne’s Lace. April Long, Town & Country, 22 June 2023 Borage, nasturtium, violas, dahlias, geraniums, marigolds, dianthus, and calendulas are some of the ones that Prinzing suggests trying in your own meals and drinks. Mackenzie Nichols, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 June 2023 Garden Thyme Nursery: Anything that’s deer resistant, including several varieties of echinacea, dianthus, yarrow and lavender. Dennis Peck | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 14 June 2023 So, for example, make sure to choose fragrant cultivars of dianthus or sweet pea. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 Hardy in Zones 4-8. 07 Mountain Frost Ruby Glitter Dianthus A low-growing perennial that blooms spring through fall, 'Mountain Frost Ruby Glitter' dianthus is perfect for the front of a sunny border or flower garden. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 May 2023 Dianthus Like pansies, dianthus flourishes in cooler weather. Jeanne Ambrose, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Mar. 2023 The plants that are doing their part contributing to the 12 months of color that most gardeners desire include Texas mountain laurel, redbud, peaches, pansies, violas and dianthus. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Feb. 2023

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Word History


New Latin, genus name, from Greek dios heavenly + anthos flower — more at deity, anthology

First Known Use

circa 1766, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dianthus was circa 1766

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“Dianthus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dianthus. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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