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"What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable."
- Joseph Addison
About DianthusDianthus is a beautiful flower that is less known.¬† It is becoming a popular flower in Romania. In what follows I would like to present some basic facts and information about this nice flower.
Dianthus is native to Asia and Europe but can also be found in North Africa and North America. It belongs to the Caryophyllaceae family and Dianthus genus consists of 300 species. Interestingly its name comes from Greek. Its name means Godís flower.
Its flowers have beautiful colors, including several hues of pink. Some of Dianthus species include:¬† Dianthus alpinus
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dianthus armeria
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dianthus barbatus
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dianthus campestris
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dianthus capitatus
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dianthus furcatus
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dianthus gallicus
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dianthus knappii
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dianthus lusitanus
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dianthus microlepsis
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dianthus moesiacus
If you wish to decorate your garden with beautiful Dianthus flowers here is some advice.
First of all Dianthus are easily to grow they prefer full sun, and a rich, well drained soil. During dry periods water Dianthus once or twice a week. Moreover adding a fertilizer once is month is also highly recommended! With regard to propagation Dianthus are grown from seed. Thus you can plant the seeds into your flower garden in Romania, or anywhere else. Another option is to start with them indoors are transplant them in spring. We recommend an indoor start, six to eight weeks before the last frost in your area. If started early, they will bloom in the first year.
Good Luck with planting and caring for Dianthus!