Dianthus (also called Maiden pink)
'Flashing Light' (also 'Leuchtfunk')
Evergreen, mat-forming perennial grown for small but brilliant cerise blooms. The photo doesn't really do the colour justice - this is a stunning plant. Suitable for ground cover, bed edges, borders, gravel and rock gardens.
Dark green foliage all year round, flowers in summer.
Habit - low-growing, mat-forming. H: 10-15cm S: 20cm
Leaves - dark green, simple, oblong, narrow.
Flowers - single, up to 1.5cm across, borne singly, upward facing, 5 brilliant cerise petals with slightly darker outer edges, petals are serrated (or 'pinked') at the end.
Does best in full sun.
Prefers a gritty, well-drained, soil which has been enriched with compost or manure. Neutral to alkaline soil, dislikes acid soil.
Trim after flowering. Plants grown in more acid soil should have lime added. Apply a balanced fertiliser in spring.
By softwood cuttings of non-flowering shoots in summer, or by layering after flowering has finished.
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