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Dianthus ‘Mars’

Carnation

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.5m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourRed
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Dianthus ‘Mars’ (Carnation). In the early summer, small, double, dark red flowers appear with a tuft of linear, grey-green leaves.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Europe, Asia, South Africa

Interest and use

Suitable in a rock garden.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy, and will need an open sunny position with well drained slightly alkaline soil. The tall species of carnations and pinks have a loose habit and will need staking. Dead-heading of repeat-flowering types is beneficial.

Propagation

You can propagate the border carnations by layering in late summer. Other named forms can be increased by softwood cuttings in late spring and the species by seed at any time.

Pests, diseases or disorders

They are susceptible to rust, slugs, red spider mite and virus infection through aphids, but many cultivars are available from virus free stock.

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