Dianthus monspessulanus

30 Jul

Dianthus monspessulanus (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Dianthus monspessulanus (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Late spring to summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 20cm

Eventual Spread: 60cm

Hardiness: 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Dianthus monspessulanus is an evergreen perennial, with a mat forming habit. Its glaucous green leaves are linear with entire margins, up to 10cm long and 3mm wide. Its fragrant pink/ white flowers are up to 3cm across.

Dianthus monspessulanus, commonly known as Fringed  Pink, is native to south and central Europe. In its native habitat it grows on arid grassland, woodlands and heathland.

The etymological root of the binomial name Dianthus is derived from the Greek dios meaning ‘heavenly’ and anthos meaning ‘flower’. Monspessulanus

The landscape architect may find Dianthus monspessulanus useful as an effective low growing, evergreen ground cover perennial. This perennial is not attractive to deer.

Dianthus monspessulanus Flower (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Dianthus monspessulanus Flower (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Dianthus monspessulanus is attractive to nectar loving insects and birds.

Dianthus monspessulanus  prefers moist, humus rich, well-drained soils. It prefers a neutral to alkali pH of soil although it will tolerate most soils. It will not tolerate wet soils.

Dianthus monspessulanus requires little maintenance. Large/ mature clumps may be divided in spring or autumn.

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One Response to “Dianthus monspessulanus”

  1. David 31/07/2014 at 16:30 #

    monspessulanus = from Montpellier.
    “Habitat Monspelli, Sauvages; Veronae, Seguier.”

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