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PlantFiles: Clusterhead Pink, Carthusian Pink
Dianthus carthusianorum

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: carthusianorum (kar-thoo-see-AN-or-um) (Info)

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cultivateweeds On Feb 6, 2005, cultivateweeds from Salem, MA wrote:

Tough species pink, tolerates seaside conditions well. Flowerstems will flop if not in full sun. Grown in France by Carthusian monks since the middle ages.

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jan 19, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a tall, but see-through perennial that blooms for most of the summer. It makes a nice companion plant for old-fashioned roses.

Neutral poppysue On Oct 30, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Introduced from Europe, this dianthus can often be found growing wild in sunny meadows. Slender 16-inch stems support clusters of inch deep pink flowers.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Richmond, California
Sonoma, California
Covington, Georgia
Eveleth, Minnesota
Ellenville, New York
Portland, Oregon

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