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Blood Pink

Dianthus cruentus

Also known as

Blood Carnation, Pinks

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Blood Pink Overview

Dianthus cruentus is a small evergreen perennial that forms cushions of blue-green, linear leaves. In spring and summer, it produces fragrant red-pink flowers with fantastic fringed edges. Also known by the common name blood pink, this carnation is an attractive alpine species, well suited to placement in a rock garden or alpine house. Also grows well in containers. Plant in well-drained soil on the alkaline side of the pH scale, in full sunlight for optimal flowering.

Common problems with Blood Pink

Can suffer from wilt and a virus.

How to harvest Blood Pink

Flowers can be taken for floral arrangements however the stems are not the longest.

How to propagate Blood Pink


Take softwood cuttings in early summer


Peg down long stems and cover a section with earth. Roots should appear within a season and then the plantlet can be removed.


Special features of Blood Pink

Attractive flowers

Ground cover

It's spreading habit helps it to cover banks and slopes, a roof terrace or act as edging of garden borders.

Pot plant

Other uses of Blood Pink

This plant suits being included in almost all types of gardens which have dry areas.