Dianthus carthusianorum (Carthusian Pink)

Dianthus carthusianorum (Carthusian Pink) Fast Facts

Learn more about Dianthus carthusianorum (Carthusian Pink)

  • Name: Dianthus carthusianorum (Carthusian Pink)
  • Bred By: This species is wild and has not been specifically bred by any individual or organization.
  • Introduced: Known and appreciated in the wild for centuries; its cultivation in gardens dates back to at least medieval times, given its association with Carthusian monks.
  • Growth Habit: Clump-forming, perennial herb with upright stems.
  • Blooms: Small, vivid magenta flowers clustered tightly atop slender, tall stems.
  • Color: Deep magenta or hot pink.
  • Foliage: Narrow, linear, blue-green leaves.
  • Flowering Time: Midsummer to early autumn.
  • Climate: Hardy in USDA zones 3-9, adaptable to a wide range of climates.
  • Disease Resistance: Resistant to most common garden diseases but can be susceptible to root rot in poorly drained soils.
  • Growing Classification: Perennial.
  • Origin/Distribution: Native to Europe, particularly in grasslands, meadows, and open woodlands.
  • Blooming Season: Summer to early fall.

Should You Buy One?

Carthusian Pink is a striking choice for gardeners looking to add height and vibrant color to their perennial borders or wildflower meadows. Its tall, slender stems topped with magenta flowers create a visual spectacle, while its undemanding nature makes it a great option for low-maintenance gardens. Perfect for attracting bees and butterflies, it adds movement and life to any garden space.

Specific Care for Dianthus carthusianorum (Carthusian Pink)

  • Soil: Prefers well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Tolerant of poor soils but performs best in fertile, loamy conditions.
  • Watering: Drought-tolerant once established. Water regularly until the plant is well-established, then reduce frequency, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
  • Sunlight: Requires full sun to thrive and produce the most vibrant flowers.
  • Fertilizing: Feed lightly with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer at the start of the growing season. Avoid over-fertilization, which can lead to lush foliage at the expense of flowers.
  • Pruning: Deadheading encourages prolonged blooming. Cut back in late autumn or early spring to promote vigorous growth and maintain a tidy form.

General Carnation Care tips

  • Watering: Keep soil moist but not soggy, especially during dry spells. Established plants are quite drought-tolerant.
  • Light: Full sun is essential for healthy growth and abundant flowering.
  • Soil: Well-draining soil is crucial. Amend with compost or grit if drainage is poor.
  • Feeding: A light application of a balanced fertilizer in early spring can support healthy growth. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers to prevent floppy growth.
  • Pruning: Regular deadheading helps extend the blooming period. Pruning back after the first flush of flowers can encourage a second blooming in some species.

FAQs about Dianthus carthusianorum (Carthusian Pink)

Yes, its tall, sturdy stems and vibrant flowers make it an excellent choice for fresh bouquets and arrangements.

Propagation can be done by seed, division, or basal cuttings. Seed can be sown in spring or autumn, while division and cuttings are best done in spring.

Yes, like many Dianthus species, it is generally deer-resistant due to its fragrant foliage.

While best suited to open ground, Carthusian Pink can be grown in large containers with good drainage. Ensure it receives enough sunlight and water.

Ensure good drainage by incorporating sand or gravel into the planting hole and avoid overwatering. Planting in raised beds or on slopes can also help prevent water from accumulating around the roots.

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