Photo: Blackstem Plants
A super tough member of the Dianthus family, this tiny spreading little plant has charmed gardeners since 1774.
It comes from dry, stony areas of the Caucasus mountains where it hugs the ground throughout the harshest of winters. In our more temperate climate it clings to rocks and crevices in dry stone walls, where its abundance of tiny flowers have a softening, slightly frothy effect.
Its mat forming habit and ability to survive to minus 35ºC make it a useful addition to green roofs.
Grow in very gritty, free draining soil and full sun. When the flowers are finally spent, shear lightly and with a delicate touch to encourage a repeat blooming period. It is not evergreen and will die back over winter.
An absolute must for even the smallest of spaces. Delightful.
Dry, stony, alpine