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Alpine RockeryHerbaceous Perennial

Dianthus alpinus
  • RHS AGM

alpine pink

D. alpinus is a mat-forming hardy perennial with dark green foliage and solitary, pale-spotted, deep pink to cerise flowers 4cm wide, on stalks 2-10cm tall; tends to be short-lived

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Red Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Caryophyllaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Dianthus can be annuals, evergreen perennials or subshrubs with narrow, often greyish leaves and showy flowers that are frequently fragrant

Name status

Correct

Plant range
E Alps

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Well-suited to a rock garden or the edge of a border

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Rock garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead as required

Pests

Can get aphids, slugs and caterpillars

Diseases

May be affected by Fusarium wilt

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