Scientific nameMost South African species grow as small herbaceous plants but there are some which form moderately sized shrubs, and have small flowers with colours varying from white through to pink and salmon tones. Providing mounds of pink flowers when most plants are going off, Dianthus albens makes quite a show.
Dianthus albens plants are easily grown from seed which should be harvested in midsummer and sown the following autumn. Sow the seeds thinly in a sandy mix and keep moist through the winter. When the seedlings are fairly large they can be planted out in the garden where they should flower by December or if not, the following year.
Plants can also be grown from cuttings, which should be taken in autumn so they can grow through the winter before flowering in summer-this is a good way of obtaining larger plants more quickly. Plants should be grown in a sunny area in the garden and be watered moderately throughout the year. They are also not fussy about soil but will grow with more vigour in slightly richer, sandy soils.
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Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.