Called Dianthus, divine flower, by the Greek philosopher and botanist Theophrastus, it has been grown for over 2000 years for its scent and its beauty. In ancient Rome, it was known as Jupiter’s flower. In China, it was used for its medicinal properties and is mentioned in ancient Chinese herbaria as a treatment for urinary tract infections. It was also very popular in 17th century France where its cultivation fascinated rich and poor alike. This interest continued until the early 20th century.