Dianthus plumarius

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Dianthus plumarius L.

Caryophyllaceae

Life form: perennial

Exposure: sun   3

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: decidious

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: many-stellate
Fruit: not specified

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Inflorescence: cyme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Caryophyllidae
Superordo:
Caryophyllanae
Ordo:
Caryophyllales

Dianthus plumarius, commonly known as pink, is a perennial.

Naming

Dianthus plumarius was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

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.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 15 to 40 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 30 to 60 centimetres.

Leaves

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.


Root System

Distribution

Dianthus plumarius is native to Austria, Slovenia and Croatia and is naturalized in Germany, Italy and in the British Isles.

Cultivation

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 -40°C (USDA zone 3).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

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Uses

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.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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