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Last updated 14/05/20 10:00.
Commonly known as Hardy pink
Genus of over 300 species of low-growing, evergreen subshrubs and perennials, annuals and biennials, including D. barbatus, Sweet William.
They are found in mountains and meadows in Europe, Asia and southern Africa and found homes in thousands of English cottage gardens.
Carnations are the taller in the family with pinks smaller with fewer petals and sometimes distinctly patterned. Most are fragrant, described as "clove-scented". Cultivars bred for gardens run into the tens of thousands.
Native representatives are D. deltoides, Maiden pink, a rare flower of dry grasslands, D. gratianopolitus, the extremely rare Cheddar pink of the Gorge, the county flower of Somerset and the Deptford pink, D. armeria.
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Shades of pink - All shades of pink through to Carmine (red) - rose lavender
Height - 25-45cm (10-18in)
Spread - 40cm (16in)
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - perennial.
Hardy - very cold winter - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - - aphids, slugs, rust, virus diseases, Fusarium wilt.
Place of origin - garden origin
Flower Shape - Double - Multi rows of petals, no stamen showing
Hardiness - Fully hardy -
Scented Plants - Scented flowers -
Seasonal Interest - Summer -
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil -
Neutral to alkaline soil
Wildlife - Bee friendly -
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