The Pink or Carnation family

This family consists of about 86 genera with 2,200 species of annuals and herbaceous perennials. Most of them are from the northern temperate zones of the world. The flowers have five petals and five sepals in most cases.






Corn Cockle
Snow in Summer
Baby's Breath
Smooth Rupturewort
Tunic Flower
Irish Moss
Campion or Catchfly

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.


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