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Description for Dianthus (Pink White)
Long blooming, perfect for small bouquets-most are fragrant. A cottage garden is not complete without several Dianthus. All are heat tolerant and low maintenance beauties. The dianthus plant is also called Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) and has a fragrance with cinnamon or clove notes.
The plants are small and usually between 6 and 18 inches tall. Dianthus flowers are most often in pink, salmon, red and white hues. The foliage is slender and sparsely spread on thick stems. Most garden varieties of Dianthus plants grow from 10 to 20 inches tall, however, some species can vary from 2 inches to 3 feet tall in height.
Planting and care
- Plant dianthus 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 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.
Caring for Dianthus
- Soil should be well-drained and fertile for growing dianthus.
- Dianthus should be kept in a place receiving at least 4-5 hours of bright indirect sunlight.
- Water the plant when the soil feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering for the winter & rainy season.
- Fertilize dianthus plant mostly in the spring season with an organic fertilizer.
Typical uses of Dianthus
Special features: Dianthus are garden classics, appearing in many shapes and colors, most with blue/green or blue frosted quill-like foliage.
Culinary use: Dianthus is also often used in cooking. (When using this herb for cooking make sure to remove the petal base â€“ it is quite bitter!) Fresh dianthus petals can be used to liven up salads, sandwiches and pies. The petals of the flowers, when crystallized, make beautiful decorations for cakes and pastries.
Ornamental use: Can be used as an ornamental plant in landscapes and gardens.
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