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DIANTHUS plumarius 'Albiflorus'

Image of Dianthus plumarius 'Albiflorus'

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS plumarius 'Albiflorus'

Plant Common Name

Clove Pinks

Special Notice

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General Description

The fragrant, white blossoms of ‘Albiflorus’ cottage pinks add brilliances to the early summer garden. The fringed, spice-scented flowers of this seed-grown strain bloom from late spring to midsummer. They rise on slender stems from spreading, evergreen clumps of linear, blue-green leaves, and may attract small bees and butterflies.

Like most cottage pinks, ‘Albiflorus' grows and flowers best in full to part sun and average, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. Avoid overwatering and soggy conditions, as these may cause stem and root decay. Prompt removal of spent flower stems may encourage prolonged flowering. Plants may be divided every two to three years to maintain their vigor, and may politely self-sow if allowed to go to seed.

A classic staple of cottage gardens, this charming perennial is also at home in rock gardens or mixed beds and borders. It is particularly lovely when combined with peonies, roses, Siberian iris, and any other early summer-blooming perennial or shrub.

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

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Northern Europe, Western Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes