5 years to reach maturity
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
It's spreading habit helps it to cover banks and slopes, a roof terrace or act as edging of garden borders.
Other uses of Blood Pink
This plant suits being included in almost all types of gardens which have dry areas.