Wednesday Flower Study #8: Dianthus/Carnations/Bachelor’s Buttons/Cornflowers

Wednesday Flower Study Dianthus Carnations Bachelors Buttons @handbookofnaturestudy
We have two varieties of dianthus in our garden…one red and one white.

I have been thinking all along that they were the same thing as bachelor’s buttons but apparently not. See, I learned something this week. The dianthus in our garden are actually varieties of carnations. Bachelor’s buttons are composite flowers and carnations are not.

They smell like spicy vanilla…my favorite.

“Each bachelor’s buttons is made up of many little flowers…”
Handbook of Nature Study, page 579

Apparently I have no actual bachelor’s buttons in my garden.

I am thoroughly confused about the different names of these two flowers…..bachelor’s buttons and cornflowers.

as well as dianthus and sweet williams and then………..

there are carnations.

We are going to do some more research. :) I am going to list some links below for my reference and you are welcome to read them if you are interested.

Bachelor’s Buttons/Cornflower
Sweet Williams/Dianthus or Carnations



  1. Oh…we have lots of bachelor’s buttons in Jamaica. The (composite) flower looks like a small ball. That’s the best way I can describe it… they don’t look anything like those.

    Sorry…no digital camera. *sheepish grin*

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