Carnations, or gillyflowers, as they are sometimes called are members of the pink (Caryophyllaceae) family. They are flowering herbaceous plants grown by either planting seeds in early Spring or by cutting young flowering shoots from the stems of mature ( elder, fully developed plants) or by bending their stems into the ground to root. They may be grown indoors in greenhouses or outdoors. They come from Eurasia and have been in existence for over twenty centuries.
Carnations grown in green houses are usually of the tree growing perpetual flowering variety. They are stiff stemmed with very large blooms with either plain or fringed petals. A single carnation will have 5 petals.
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