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Common Name: Pink
Dianthus plumarius is a Evergreen Perennial up to 0.40 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
E. Europe. Naturalized in Britain.
Grows in old walls in many parts of Britain[
Prefers a neutral to slightly alkaline soil in a sunny well-drained position[
]. Succeeds in dry soils and in poor soils[
]. Plants can be grown on walls[
There are many named forms, selected for their ornamental value[
]. The flowers are very fragrant[
], diffusing a powerful clove-like scent[
]. Individual plants become rather untidy after a few years and are best replaced every 2 - 4 years[
]. Some older cultivars, such as 'Sops in Wine' have a tendency to flower themselves to death. These should be grown in a richer soil in order to encourage the production of more foliage and should not be allowed to flower in their first year[
The petals are made into cordials, syrups, sauces, vinegars etc[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings, taken at flowering time, with four pairs of leaves and trimmed just below a joint[