This plant will surely attract attention! In late spring, the lovely, blue-green mound of leaves is covered with masses of heavily fringed, edible blooms creating a rainbow of color in white, pink, lilac, and rose that butterflies can't resist. Some flowers may be bicolored or have contrasting eyes or rings. The sweet, flowery scent is often compared to jasmine. The mild-clove-flavored petals make a colorful garnish to salads, desserts, and cold drinks. (The flower's central disk, while edible, can be bitter.) A wonderful choice for an old-fashioned cottage garden, cutting garden, or perennial border.
Botanical Name: Dianthus plumarius
Native: Southeast and middle Europe
Hardiness: Short-lived perennial in USDA zones 3-9
Plant Dimensions: 12″–18″ tall
Variety Information: Sweetly scented, 1″–1½” white, pink, rose, red, purplish, bi-colored flowers. Edges are heavily fringed.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Spring
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Sow up until early summer for bloom the following year.
When to Start Inside: 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 14–30 days
Seed Depth: Surface to 1/8″
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8″
Thinning: When ½” tall, thin to 1 every 8″