Dianthus superbus - Fringed Pink or Superb Pink
15 open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
Dianthus superbus is a perennial species of Dianthus native to Europe and northern Asia that grows to 60cm. The plant prefers an alkaline soil but tolerates slightly acid soils that are well-drained and rich in compost and will grow sun or light shade. This is a very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to around -20C. It is one of the few dianthus that will tolerate continual moisture. Flowering in spring with a soft sweet perfume. Flowers are approximately 6cm across and are excellent cut flowers.
Flowers are edible.
Dianthus superbus, known as Qu Mai in Chinese herbalism, has been used in Chinese herbal medicine for over 2000 years.
As light aids germination, sow seeds on the surface of a free-draining potting mix. Gently press into the compost. Keep damp not wet. These seeds need exposure to the cold to break their dormancy. If not in a cool climate, place seeds in the fridge for 4 to 6 weeds before sowing. Germination usually takes 14 to 30 days when temperatures have reached between 16 to 20C. However, please note that germination may take longer. Grow seedlings to around 5cm before gently potting them on or transplanting them into the garden.