Sunday, July 13, 2014
A Very Special South African Dianthus
South Africa actually has a decent number of dianthus species which are largely unknown outside of the country. Most are winter growers, some are summer growers and D. basuticus is definitely winter hardy as well. Many of the Cape species come from semiarid areas, so they would likely do well in other Mediterranean climate areas. This species tends to have long trailing branches, a feature it shares with several other Cape species. It could make a nice windowbox or basket plant in areas with the right climate.
One day I shall have to write Ernst to see if he remembers this plant. For now though I am content to enjoy its pale yellow flowers in my personal plant zoo.