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)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Red

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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.