Dianthus serotinus (Late Pink)

Dianthus serotinus (Late Pink) Fast Facts

Learn more about Dianthus serotinus (Late Pink)

  • Name: Dianthus serotinus (Late Pink)
  • Bred By: This species is a naturally occurring wildflower, not specifically bred by cultivators.
  • Introduced: Known in its natural habitats for centuries, its specific introduction to cultivation is not well-documented but valued for its late blooming period.
  • Growth Habit: Compact, perennial forming low mounds of foliage with upright flowering stems.
  • Blooms: Notable for its late flowering period, producing small, fragrant flowers.
  • Color: Flowers range from pale pink to deep magenta, often with a darker eye.
  • Foliage: Features narrow, green to blue-green leaves.
  • Flowering Time: Late summer to early autumn, providing color when many other plants have finished blooming.
  • Climate: Hardy in USDA zones 5-9, adaptable to a variety of garden settings but prefers cooler conditions.
  • Disease Resistance: Shows resilience against common garden pests and diseases, though well-drained soil is essential to prevent root rot.
  • Growing Classification: Perennial, suitable for borders, rock gardens, and as part of mixed perennial displays.
  • Origin/Distribution: Native to Europe and parts of Asia, found in a variety of habitats including grasslands and rocky slopes.
  • Blooming Season: Late summer through early autumn.

Should You Buy One?

Dianthus serotinus is an excellent choice for gardeners looking to extend the flowering season in their gardens. Its late blooming period ensures that your garden remains vibrant and colorful when many other flowers have faded. Its compact size and fragrant blooms make it a perfect addition to rock gardens, borders, and mixed perennial beds, especially for those seeking to attract pollinators late in the season.

Specific Care for Dianthus serotinus (Late Pink)

  • Soil: Prefers well-drained, fertile soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH. Amend with organic matter to improve fertility and drainage.
  • Watering: Drought-tolerant once established. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep root system, then reduce frequency.
  • Sunlight: Full sun is essential for optimal growth and flowering.
  • Fertilizing: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to encourage robust growth and blooms.
  • Pruning: Deadheading spent blooms can extend the flowering period. Cut back in late autumn to tidy the plant and promote healthy growth in the spring.

General Carnation Care tips

  • Sunlight: Ensure carnations receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
  • Soil: Use well-drained, fertile soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH.
  • Watering: Water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings.
  • Fertilization: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring and supplement with liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.
  • Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers regularly and prune back in early spring to promote bushy growth.
  • Pests/Diseases: Monitor for aphids and fungal diseases, using appropriate treatments as needed.
  • Mulching: Mulch around plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds, avoiding contact with stems.
  • Winter Protection: In cold climates, mulch overwinter for perennial varieties.

FAQs about Dianthus serotinus (Late Pink)

Dianthus serotinus is distinguished by its late flowering period, providing color and fragrance in the garden when many other species have completed their bloom cycles.

Yes, it can thrive in containers as long as they provide adequate drainage and are placed in a location that receives full sun.

Pair with other late-blooming perennials like asters and sedums or with grasses that peak in autumn to create a dynamic, season-long display.

Ensuring full sun exposure, regular deadheading, and appropriate fertilization can help promote a more prolific bloom.

Once established, Dianthus serotinus is quite drought-tolerant, making it a suitable choice for xeriscaping or drought-resistant garden designs.

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