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Care of the plant Dianthus anatolicus or Anatolian Pink.

Care of the plant Dianthus anatolicus or Anatolian Pink

The genus Dianthus, family Caryophyllaceae, includes 300 species of herbaceous plants native to Europe and Asia. Some species are: Dianthus anatolicus, Dianthus barbatus, Dianthus alpinus, Dianthus caryophyllus, Dianthus sinensis, Dianthus rupicola.

Common name: Anatolian Pink. This species is native to Turkey and Central Asia.

They are herbaceous perennial plants of compact size that reach 20 cm (7.87") in height and 30 cm (11.8") in width. They have fine succulent leaves of a beautiful blue-gray color. The interesting star-shaped flowers are white with maroon spots in the center. They can bloom from mid-spring to mid-summer.

Anatolian Pink is used in rockeries, in alpine gardens, in pots and planters, on low walls or to cover slopes.

Dianthus anatolicus prefers full sun exposure. It resists frosts down to -15 ºC (5 ºF).

The soil must be well drained and contain organic matter; they tolerate calcareous soils. Planting is done in early spring at a rate of 16 specimens per m2 (10.7 squared feet).

Anatolian Pink has some resistance to drought but prefers regular waterings waiting for the substrate to dry.

Fertilize in late winter with compost.

Dianthus anatolicus does not need pruning.

Anatolian Pink does not have pest and disease problems if the drainage is good and water does not accumulate in the roots.

Dianthus anatolicus propagates easily from seeds sown in late winter or early spring.

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Dianthus anatolicus
Dianthus anatolicus
Dianthus anatolicus