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Dianthus gratianopolitanus

Cheddar pink

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Features

  • BloomsMay to July
  • Height0.15m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.4m to 1m
  • Growth HabitCarpet
  • Flower ColourWhite, pink
  • Leaf ColourBlue green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Dianthus gratianopolitanus (Cheddar pink). This is a compact creeping carpet of blue-grey, linear leaves about 30cm wide. The flowers are single, fragrant pink blooms with toothed petals they will appear in the spring and until the first frost, they are borne on 20cm wiry stems. It will require a very well drained soil.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

C. Europe

Interest and use

Border, rock garden, wall or trellis.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, 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

Propagate perennials by layering or from cuttings in summer; annuals and biennials from seed in autumn or early spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch for aphids, thrips and caterpillars, rust and virus infections.

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