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Dianthus: wicked witch

Genus: Dianthus.

Species: Dianthus gratianopolitanus.

Lovely hardy dianthus, living now well over the winters here in Alaska. I plant it just above the earth so that it can keep a dry crown in my cool weather. Spreads steadily across the surface of the earth in bright light blue, tall pink blooms exploding in late spring (midsummer for us in Alaska). Really a must have for that hard to get tough blue in cold weather areas. Beautiful in and out of bloom. Mulch lightly with a loose straw in late fall in frigid areas like here, keeps the wet off the plant. I haven't had any rotting, common here.

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