Gardening

Dianthus plumarius or crowned carnation, a plant valued for its prolonged flowering

Dianthus plumarius  also known as Clavellina, Crowned Carnation, Garden Rose, Wild Rose, Common Rose or Feather Carnation . It belongs to the Carophyllaceae family, being native to Austria, Slovenia and Croatia, but it was naturalized in the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany.

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Dianthus plumarius characteristics

Perenofolia plant , cespitose and wide, about 30 cm high. The stem is green, branched at the top and glabrous.

The leaves are spreading, thin, elongated and a little grayish.

The flowers are simple or double that are gathered from two to three, medium, white, purple or pink, with stamens, five petals lower and with fringed margins. It blooms in the spring and summer.

The fruits are capsule-shaped with some seeds.

Dianthus plumarius care

It is an excellent specimen for ground cover. It is highly appreciated for its prolonged flowering, which is why it is used to dress walls, small surfaces and rockeries. In addition, it is suitable for pots.

Requires full sun, but accepts light shade. It is necessary to keep it protected from intense frosts, but those that are soft can tolerate them.

As for the soil, it must be loose, permeable, alkaline, fertile and well drained. Now that if it is very acidic, you can raise the pH with the addition of lime.

The seed  is not an attraction for birds, so there is no danger of it.

Watering should be carried out every other day in the summer and weekly in the winter.

Compost should be made with bone meal in a proportion of 200-300g/ m in the spring. While in 20 g of triple 15 the following year.

It is a very resistant plant to attack by pests. However, poor care could severely damage it.

It multiplies by cutting or sowing in the spring, or by division of the bush in the spring and fall.

Without a doubt, it is a Dianthus variety that would be worth having in the garden for that unique touch.

Now that if you have the happiness of having this beautiful specimen, do not hesitate to tell us all its secrets.

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