Carthusian pink
(Dianthus carthusianorum)

Carthusian pink

Dianthus carthusianorum; Clusterhead pink; Carthusian pink; Oeillet des Chartreux

Why we chose it for Belgium

It attracts pollinating insects to the garden (especially butterflies) and it's a great honey-bee food plant. Ideal for rock gardens, green roofs, path edges and flower meadows, it's suitable for cutting and stays green in winter.

It's in decline in many regions, even if it may appear locally abundant. Characteristic of a habitat of priority importance for Europe (calcareous grasslands)
, it's threatened by the degradation of its habitat following the abandonment of extensive grazing.

Quick Facts:

Plant type
Herbaceous perennial

Plant height:
Up to 40 cm tall

Growing conditions
On chalk or sand 
In dry, well-drained, sunny places.  

Hardy down to -15ºC

Season to flower

How to plant

  • No need to vernalize
  • Rapidly germinating, keep seed in constant moisture (not wet) with temperatures of about +20°C. Seeds must be covered thinly. Keep in cooler conditions after germination occurs.
  • Best Sowing Date: anytime

  • Sowing to Germination: 2 – 3 weeks

  • Germination to Transplant: 4 – 8 weeks

  • Transplanting to Potting: 6 – 10 weeks

  • Cutting back at transplantion: Not Necessary


We invite you to join us in planting the seed of hope: deepen your relationship with nature, protect and wonder at our vast Earth.

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