Dianthus cruentus

Dianthus cruentus

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Dianthus cruentus
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 60cm

Spread: 15cm

Flower colour:
  • Red
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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Dianthus cruentus is a pretty alpine pink, native to the Balkans. It has tall, upright flower stems on which clusters of pink-red flowers appear in late spring and summer, which contrast beautifully with  blue-green, evergreen foliage. Easy to grow, the feld pink is also very attractive to bees and butterflies.

For best results grow Dianthus cruentus in moist but well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil, in full sun. It's perfect for growing in rockeries, at the front of borders, and in containers. Lightly cut back plants after flowering to promote new growth, and prune again in spring to maintain a neat shape. Ensure the plants are not exposed to extremely wet conditions in winter.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Prune
Prune
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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