A genus of mostly perennial herbs in which the calyx is tubular and enclosed tightly at the base by an epicalyx of 1–3 pairs of scales. There are 5 long-clawed petals. The fruit is a 4-toothed capsule. Many species (e.g. pinks and carnations) are grown for their beautiful, often sweet-scented flowers. There are about 300 species, found mainly in Eurasia but extending to S. Africa.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.