DIANTHUS plumarius (Cottage Pinks) is a perennial flowering plant that belongs to the Caryophyllaceae family. This classic cottage garden favorite is cherished for its charming and fragrant flowers, as well as its compact growth habit and vibrant colors.
Cottage Pinks typically form low mounds of foliage, reaching a height of about 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters). The stems are slender and bear numerous flowers, creating a dense and colorful display when in bloom. The plant's compact size and profusion of flowers make it well-suited for borders, rock gardens, and containers.
The flowers of Dianthus plumarius are the highlight of this plant. They are usually single or semi-double, with five petals arranged in a star-shaped pattern. The petals come in a wide range of colors, including shades of pink, red, white, and lavender. Some varieties may exhibit bicolor patterns or have contrasting edges on the petals, adding visual interest and depth to the blooms.
Cottage Pinks are known for their delightful fragrance, often described as spicy, clove-like, or reminiscent of carnations. The fragrance adds an extra dimension of sensory pleasure to the garden and makes these flowers popular for cut flower arrangements or potpourri.
The foliage of Dianthus plumarius consists of narrow, lance-shaped leaves that are gray-green in color. The leaves form dense clumps, providing an attractive backdrop to the colorful flowers. The foliage remains evergreen or semi-evergreen in mild climates, adding to the plant's ornamental value even when not in bloom.
Cottage Pinks are relatively low-maintenance plants. They prefer full sun exposure to promote optimal flowering but can tolerate light shade. Well-drained soil is essential to prevent root rot. Regular watering is necessary, particularly during dry periods, but overwatering should be avoided. Deadheading spent flowers can help encourage continuous blooming and prolong the flowering period.
Dianthus plumarius, Cottage Pinks, are classic cottage garden flowers that bring a touch of nostalgia and romance to any landscape. Their compact size, fragrant flowers, and wide range of colors make them versatile and beloved additions to traditional and informal gardens alike. With their charm and old-fashioned appeal, Cottage Pinks are sure to enhance the beauty of any garden setting.
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Scientific Name: Dianthus Plumarius
Common Name: Cottage Pinks, Garden Pinks, Wild Pinks
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: Austria, Croatia, Slovenia
Full Growth Height: 12-20 inches
Spread: 1-2 ft
Zone: 4 to 9
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: May to August
Attracts: Humming Birds, Butterflies, Bees
Flower: Cut Flower, Fragrant, Wheel Shape
Flower Color: Mixed (White, Pink, Red)
Resistant: Deer, Poor Soil
Water Requirement: Medium
Soil Type: Well-drained, Sand, Loam, Clay
Soil pH: Neutral
Garden Uses: Butterfly Gardens, Children Gardens, Pollinator Garden