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Gerald L. Klingaman
Clove Pinks, Cottage Pinks
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The original cottage pink of yore, Dianthus plumarius is today rarely grown in its natural, wild form. A tall, wispy, clump-forming herbaceous perennial native to eastern Europe, the cottage pink has been cultivated for centuries and is the prominent "old-fashioned" species used for the development of modern day garden pinks.
The gray-green leaves grow in a loose matted clump that can spread quite wide. In the warmth of summer, tall stems sky upward from the foliage and reveal paired flowers that have very deeply cut petals and a spicy fragrance. These blossoms may range in color from white to rosy pink, often with a darker center. Pollinated by insects, seeds will be shed and sprout nearby the mother plant.
Grow cottage pinks in full to partial sun in average soils that are well-draining, ideally with a non-acidic pH. They should be divided every two to three years to maintain their vigor. Their charming presence is essential for any cottage or meadow garden and have been favored for generations as edging for peony and rose beds. Popular cultivars of the original cottage pinks are often called modern border pinks, and includes the Ballade and Spring Beauty strains, and may include a broader array of flower colors and forms.
9 - 1
3 - 9
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
Europe, Eastern Europe
White, Pink, Rose
Light Green, Gray Green
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Wildflower
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