This "catchfly" is a densely mounded herbaceous perennial producing profuse, brilliant pink, carnation-like flowers from early May into June and July. It is an ideal substitute for Dianthus, and is indeed a relative, having a similar appearance and bloom time, but tolerating a wider variety of garden situations. Delightful, compact and very easy to grow!
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Sticky Catchfly, Wild pink, Carolina Pink