Dianthus
‘Charles Musgrave’

A carnation with a unique twist – a green eye to offset pure white petals. Add its heady clove fragrance and you have a “must have” perennial to add to a sunny bed. Forming a 2’ wide, 3-6” high mat of attractive bluish-green linear foliage, plants send up clusters of 20” tall flowering stems. Multiple 1-2” heavily fringed white flowers emerge in late Spring, each showcasing a corona of brilliant green. The flowers are popular with butterflies! First introduced in 1936, it’s aliases are ‘Old Green Eye’ and ‘Jealousy’. This Dianthus has a multitude of uses: as a ground cover in a sunny bed, where its striking bluish foliage can provide a durable carpet; in a mixed flower container, where its tall flower stems also provide a vertical element; and in its own decorative container, elevated and close by so that you can enjoy its sweet scent. Cut back after first bloom for possible second flowering in the Fall. Plant in well-drained soil in sun to light shade. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant.

Earl,
Curious Plantsman

Sun/Part Sun
Low Water

Perennial
USDA zones 5-9