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Thursday, 23 February 2017

FFF274 - DIANTHUS 'KING OF BLACKS'

Dianthus is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae, native mainly to Europe and Asia, with a few species extending south to north Africa, and one species (D. repens) in arctic North America. Common names include carnation (D. caryophyllus), pink (D. plumarius and related species) and Sweet William (D. barbatus).

The species are mostly herbaceous perennials, a few are annual or biennial, and some are low subshrubs with woody basal stems. The leaves are opposite, simple, mostly linear and often strongly glaucous grey-green to blue-green. The flowers have five petals, typically with a frilled or pinked margin, and are (in almost all species) pale to dark pink. One species, D. knappii, has yellow flowers with a purple centre. Some species, particularly the perennial pinks, are noted for their strong spicy fragrance.

We have the cultivar Dianthus caryophyllus Grenadin "King of Blacks" growing in our garden and this is an amazing, extremely fragrant flower. This is an heirloom Dianthus flower found in many home gardens which is often used for a cut flower. 'King of Blacks' is a dark reddish purple colour and has the appearance of velvet, with a blue-gray foliage. Easy to grow from flower seed and wonderfully coloured and sweetly scented attracting bees and butterflies.

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8 comments:

  1. That Dianthus would match perfectly in my back garden Nick! Groetjes,
    Hetty

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  2. Whoa, the shapes within this flower are magnificent!

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  3. How lovely. Thanks for the tip that they are available by seed. I'll look for it!

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  4. That color rocks and I can smell the scent...

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  5. There is a big variety of dianthus, I think. In Germany we call them "Nelken". The colour of this one is gorgeous.
    Have a nice weekend, Nick -
    Elke (from Frankfurt/Germany)

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  6. Hello Nick,
    what a wonderful color, the petals are very interesting.
    Have a nice weekend,
    moni (from Germany)

    http://www.reflexionblog.de

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  7. Nick, bold color. Thanks for sharing

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  8. Love the color on this bloom! I could see it along with purple.

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