Wild Pink

Dianthus albens

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Dianthus albens plants
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Many people think of Dianthus or carnations as cut flowers from places in Europe and very little is known about our very own indigenous species. Although the indigenous species do not compare in size or colour to their European relatives, they make an interesting and pretty addition to any South African garden. Providing mounds of pink flowers when most plants are going off, Dianthus albens makes quite a show.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Special features

Attracts bees

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil type

Sand, Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, White

Credits

profile iconDianthus albens
by Gary Shanks, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, December 2008 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)