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Dianthus carthusianorum (Carthusian Pink)

German Pink, Carthusian Pink, Cluster-Headed Pink, Dianthus clavatus


Dianthus carthusianorum (Carthusian Pink) is an evergreen perennial boasting rounded, upward-facing, cherry-red to deep magenta flowers throughout the summer. The blossoms are borne in dense terminal clusters, opening from leathery bracts. They sit atop tall stalks and float above the narrow, grassy green foliage. Easy to grow, Carthusian Pink brings color and lightness to prairies, meadows or naturalized areas. Plant it with ornamental grasses for a great look. Moving in the gentlest breeze, the grasses make a good foil for long-stemmed plants, such as Dianthus carthusianorum.

  • Grows up to 20-30 in. tall (50-75 cm) and 10-12 in. wide (25-30 cm). German Pink may self-seed in optimum growing conditions.
  • Performs best in full sun in neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Prefers a soil enriched with well-rotted manure or garden compost and an application of a balanced fertilizer in spring.
  • Extremely versatile, German Pink is ideal for beds and borders, banks and slopes, cottage gardens, gravel gardens, prairies and meadows, orcontainers.
  • Deadhead to prolong flowering.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings of non-flowering shoots in summer or by layering after flowering.
  • Native to Europe, from Spain north to Belgium and Poland, and east to Ukraine, Carthusian Pink occurs naturally in dry, grassy habitats at elevations of up to 8,200 ft. (2,500 m).
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 10" – 12" (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 10" – 12" (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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