Carnation grass (Dianthus deltoides L.)

Carnation grass – A small perennial plant from the clove family.


A small perennial plant with a thin, creeping rhizome, giving thin, ascending, branched, leafy stems upwards. The leaves are narrow, linear-lanceolate, the lower ones are obtuse, the upper ones are sharp. The flowers are medium-sized, on long pedicels, singly or in pairs with a tubular calyx and bright pink, serrated petals at the top with a dark transverse stripe. Blossoms in May-August. Grows in pine forests, meadows and open grassy places. Occurs frequently.

Contains active substances:

Clove grass contains 133.6 mg/% vitamin C and saponins, especially in flowers. Also, traces of alkaloids, glycosides, triterpene saponins, flavonoids and coumarins were found in the clove herb. The hemostatic effect of the herb carnation-grass has been proven.

Medicinal use:

In folk medicine, a decoction of the whole plant is drunk during flowering for heart disease, abdominal pain, uterine bleeding, chest pain, heart pain, strong heartbeat, bloody urine in cattle.

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