Dianthus plumarius L.
Dianthus plumarius, commonly known as pink, is a perennial.
Dianthus plumarius was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
Dianthus plumarius is a species in the genus Dianthus which contains approximately 435 to 658 species and belongs to the family of the Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family). The type species of the genus is Dianthus caryophyllus.
The perennials reach heights of 15 to 40 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 30 to 60 centimetres.
Dianthus plumarius is deciduous. The bluish green, simple leaves are opposite. They are lanceolate with entire margins.
Flowers and Fruits
Dianthus plumarius produces cymes of light purple many-stellate flowers from April to June.
Dianthus plumarius is native to Austria, Slovenia and Croatia and is naturalized in Germany, Italy and in the British Isles.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy loam with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -40Â°C (USDA zone 3).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
The ornamental value of Dianthus plumarius lies especially in its fragrance. The recommended planting distance is 25 centimetres. Suited for rooftop gardens and as ground cover.
Maintenance and Propagation
Propagate by cuttings.
Pests and Diseases
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