Hi, I live in Southeastern Alaska, and dianthus do quite well up here. A few years ago, our local clinic was being torn down, so many of us went down to the site to salvage perennials from the surrounding beds. Included in my booty were these beautiful dianthus. I've named them "Clinic Pinks" but I've never been quite sure what variety they really are. This picture was taken at a friend's house, and her flowers seem much more intense in color than mine, but the plant is the same.
The blooms are quite fragrant, and the foliage is as remarkable as the flower. The leaves are a mint green, and emerge from the snow much the same as they were the previous fall, only needing a bit of fluffing to return them to a wonderful mat of soft green. They air root from the lower stems when grown in a moist area, and but they seem just as happy in the gravel at my friend's house. I'd sure like to know what they are. Any ideas?
I have this just starting now as well so I would be interested to hear what type it is... I "borrowed" the seeds I have from plants in the front garden of a masonary place here in town. They were just leaving them there to get blown all over the sidewalk!
If anyone knows what type it is I can label my flats accordingly. Thanks Theresa
They're possibly Dianthus deltoides (the maiden pink) of which there are a number of cultivars in varying shades. This is a pink with green rather than glaucus foliage anyway.
i expect there's someone lurking on DG who has more specialised knowledge????
I don't think they're maiden pinks. Maiden pinks are more of a ground cover type... with very low growing foliage. The dark buds make me think that might be a cheddar pink or Dianthus gratianopolitanus. They come in various colors too and there are also several hybrids out there. I grow a lot of dianthus but tend to get my species mixed up.
Thanks for all the input, but what the heck is glaucus. I noticed that certain words are linked to the dictionary, but not that one. What is it, and should it be added for dolts like me?
I'm inclined to go with the cheddar pinks, but what about alpines? I grow many kinds of dianthus, and PoppySue is right about the maiden pinks. I have several of those, and they are a dark green ground cover with tiny flowers that seem to levitate above the foliage. On this pink, the foliage is quite light blue/green and the flowers are in various colors of pink all with an eye of some sort, and at least the size of a quarter of fifty cent piece.
Though the bloom colors are quite pronounced on the pictured plant, mine are more often pale pink. I doubt they are a hybrid, since they spent many years at the clinic, even seeding themselves out into the yard, and they come back true from seed. Maybe they are just destined to be "Clinic Pinks", but I'd sure like to pin them down. If any of you would like to try them, I have seed. Just send me an email with your address and I'll send you a few...then you can let me know what they are!
Baa: I'll check the Ipwiches again, but there was something about them that didn't ring true. At least I've got something to go on now..WZ
Thanks for the help, guys. I've been on the net at Botany.com, after checking this database first, of course. After looking at the picture one more time, it occurred to me that her plant is much pinker than any I have, and I am beginning to agree with Baa that it is a plumarius. In fact,the flowers look more like the wild pinks pictured at this site: http://www.fragrantflowers.co.uk/picture/plumarius.htm I'm lousy at linking! There are just so many to chose from...WZ