Dianthus alpinus – Alpine Pink

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Scientific Name

Dianthus alpinus L.

Common Names

Alpine Pink

Scientific Classification

Family: Caryophyllaceae
Subfamily: Caryophylloideae
Tribe: Caryophylleae
Genus: Dianthus

Flower

Color: Deep pink to cerise
Bloom Time: June to August

Description

Dianthus alpinus is a mat-forming, hardy perennial with linear to lanceolate leaves, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and up to 0.2 inch (0.5 cm) wide. The flowers are solitary, pale-spotted, deep pink to cerise, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide, on stalks up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall.

Dianthus alpinus - Alpine Pink

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 5a to 9b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Plant pinks in full sun, partial shade or anywhere they will receive at least 6 hours of sun. The plants need fertile, well-drained soil that is alkaline.

Wait until the danger of frost has passed when planting Dianthus and place them at the same level they were growing in the pots, with 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45) between the plants. Do not mulch around them. Water them only at the base of the plant to keep the foliage dry and prevent mildew spotting.

Instructions on how to care for Dianthus are very straightforward. Water the plants when dry and apply fertilizer every six to eight weeks. You may also work a slow-release fertilizer into the soil at planting, which will release you from the need to feed the plants.

Some varieties of Dianthus are self-sowing, so deadheading is extremely important to reduce volunteer plants and to encourage additional blooming. Perennial varieties are short lived and should be propagated by division, tip cuttings or even layering… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Dianthus.

Origin

Endemic in the Alps of eastern Austria. Native to the mountains of southern Europe from the Pyrenees east to the Carpathians and the Balkans.

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