Dianthus: Dianthus erinaceus
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I have five eight inch cushions of Dianthus erinaceus growing in very lean scree conditions. Usually, they are quite sparsely flowered, but this year flowering has been abundant. I can only attribute this to the record-breaking levels of rain. I would grow this plant for the pleasure of the cushions alone but seeing all these flowers is a real joy.
Alan, do you have a photo you could post here?
No, Martin. I am always being asked to post a pic but I do not know how to do it, even though I have received coaching from Maggi Young and Diane Clement; just can't get my head round it, to quote current parlance. It is an embarrassment. I have this week asked one of my former colleagues if he can find me a young computer genius to show me, in return for some holiday money. I have also just sent out one or two CD's to close alpine friends showing some of the plants I grow. I can send you one or two pics by post. That is the best I can do. Meanwhile, I shall look on the bright side and keep trying.
I have a picture of D. erinaceus 'Duguid's Form' from last year. Here growing in a piece of tufa.
The plants in my southwest facing back garden are better. I agree this year has been good for this species
As the flowers fade it is a good time to take cuttings, but watch out for the viciously sharp leaves.
I insert into a tray of sharp sand and perlite.