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Dianthus plumarius - L.

Common Name Pink, Feathered pink, Cottage Pink
Family Caryophyllaceae
USDA hardiness 4-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grows in old walls in many parts of Britain[17].
Range E. Europe. Naturalized in Britain.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Dianthus plumarius Pink, Feathered pink, Cottage  Pink


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Summary

Bloom Color: Pink, White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Rounded.


Physical Characteristics

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Dianthus plumarius is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 3. It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers
Edible Uses:

The petals are made into cordials, syrups, sauces, vinegars etc[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Alpine garden, Border, Container, Rock garden, Seashore, Specimen. Prefers a neutral to slightly alkaline soil in a sunny well-drained position[200]. Succeeds in dry soils and in poor soils[200]. Plants can be grown on walls[200]. There are many named forms, selected for their ornamental value[200]. The flowers are very fragrant[17], diffusing a powerful clove-like scent[245]. Individual plants become rather untidy after a few years and are best replaced every 2 - 4 years[200]. Some older cultivars, such as 'Sops in Wine' have a tendency to flower themselves to death. These should be grown in a richer soil in order to encourage the production of more foliage and should not be allowed to flower in their first year[200]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Suitable for cut flowers, Fragrant flowers.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings, taken at flowering time, with four pairs of leaves and trimmed just below a joint[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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