DIANTHUS HAEMATOCALYX PINDICOLA
from the Balkans comes one of the best alpine pinks which makes slowly-spreading mats of grey-green pointed leaves, which are totally obscured in season by the delightful fragrant pink flowers which are magnets for bees and butterflies. This is a perfect plant for a wall or scree, where it will improve yearly.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.