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Dianthus species

Dianthus species
Dianthus species

Common name pink
Family caryophyllaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers pink (summer)
Size to 4"
Light full sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed easy, germinates at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate June

This page is for various plants that I've grown from seed labeled 'Dianthus myrtinervius'. The offspring are small dianthus, with fairly typical "pink" flowers, patterned with a darker ring, and mat-forming, evergreen foliage. We found them to be not very robust as first-year plants, and lost a number to temporary dry conditions. The second-year specimens seem strong enough, though.
As expressed in the comments below, my original batch, grown from traded seed, was most likely misidentified. The seedling at right is from a new seed exchange, and indeed looks quite different. Unfortunately, I don't think I ever saw it bloom, so the true species remains a mystery to me.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '03 trade. Baggy, 65F (100%G, 4-9d)
  2. Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (80+%G, 4-8d)
  3. Seed from NARGS '09/'10 exchange, two lots: 'Bright pink' baggy 70F (72%G, 4-9d); 'Red' baggy 70F (65%G, 4-9d)
  4. Seed from NARGS '09/'10 exchange, two lots: 'Bright pink' baggy 70F (63%G, 5-7d); 'Red' baggy 70F (92%G, 5-6d)
  5. Seed from '13 trade. Baggy 70F (63%G, 8-27d)

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