Dianthus gratianopolitanus
Dianthus gratianopolitanus

Dianthus gratianopolitanus

Cheddar Pink

Caryophyllaceae

Height

15 cm

Flower colour

pink - red

Flowering time

July

Foliage colour

gray-green

Sunlight

sun

Soil

well drained, gritty

pH

neutral - alkaline

Hardiness

fairly hardy

Plant range

Central - and W-Europe

Dianthus is a large genus in the family Caryophyllaceae, with around 300 species. The majority are distributed around the Mediterranean, reaching north into Europe and east to Asia. Most are mat forming plants that grow best in dry, gritty soil in full sun and are therefore well suited for rock gardens.

Propagation:


Basal cuttings.

A stalk without buds is torn off at the base and planted in soil mixed with pumice and kept in a sheltered spot out of strong sunlight until the cutting is rooted.


Seed sown in March.

Seed just covered and kept at 20°C (68°F) until germination. After germination it should be kept at a lower temperature with plenty of light so the plants won't become lanky.

Similar to Dianthus plumarius and grows in similar conditions. Flowers of cheddar pink are often darker, even red.

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