Dianthus cruentus blood carnation this new, rare perennial has dark clusters of deepest blood-red flowers held on wiry stems above grassy foliage. Thrives in poor, well drained soil in full sun and if content, will naturalise moderately. It looks wonderful planted in gravel gardens.
Dianthus cruentus blood carnation 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. Cover 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.