[Dianthus = the flower of Jove, cr God's own flower.] The garden pinks and carnations, so varied in form and coloring, are supposed to have descended from a single species, known in Europe as clove pink, a native of the southern Alps. There are now nearly 400 varieties. The roots are annual or perennial, the stems herbaceous and jointed, bearing a pair of opposite, linear, apparently veinless leaves at each joint. The flowers have peculiar grace and fragrance. The carnation and picotee are modifications of the clove pink.