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DIANTHUS myrtinervius

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Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS myrtinervius

Plant Common Name

Albanian Pink, Mountain Pink Dianthus

General Description

The fine, blue-green foliage of Albanian pink provides a beautiful foil to its summer display of flowers. This diminutive, mat-forming perennial hails from the Balkan Peninsula of southeastern Europe. It forms a dense, evergreen tuft of needle-like leaves topped with many small, brilliant, dark-pink flowers in late spring to early summer. The flowers bloom on short stems just above the foliage and attract bees and butterflies.

Grow this gem of a perennial in full to part sun and gritty, sharply drained, neutral to alkaline soil. Preferring cooler summer temperatures, it benefits from additional shade in hot climates. Avoid overwatering or soggy conditions, as these may cause stem and root decay. Albanian pink is at home in sunny rock gardens, and makes a dazzling accent for large alpine troughs

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Southern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Hot Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes