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Dianthus 'Gold Dust' (p)

A Conservation Scheme Plant

Date Introduced
2019

Introduced by
Hampshire Group

Reason for Inclusion
Little grown. Distinctive and unusual flower. Found in a garden in Beverley, E. Yorkshire; plant (raised from seed) bought from a local fete. Named by finder and garden owner and registered 1981.

Verification
not known

Brief description of plant
Neat mat-forming evergreen perennial dianthus.

Height x Spread
15cm x 30cm

Flowers
Scented, single flowers, mid to dark red ground, dusted with gold. Margins and sometimes sectors of petals pale lilac, margins sharply and moderately toothed.

Foliage
Blue green needle-shaped leaves form basal mat. Evergreen

Flowering Time
July - Aug

Soil type
Needs free-draining, neutral to alkaline soil.

Aspect
Full sun

Pests and diseases
Generally no problems.

Cultivation
Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. Trim lightly after flowering to maintain a tight, compact mound.

Propagation
Take softwood cuttings of non-flowering shoots in summer or layer outer stems after flowering to root in situ.


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