A tufted, hairless slightly waxy blue perennial. Flowers solitary, fragrant. Calyx mostly about 2-3 cm long, 5 mm wide. Epicalyx bracts usually 4, obovate, pointed, about one quarter the length of the calyx. Petal blades about 1.5 cm long, cut to about halfway, mostly bearded, pink or white and often with a dark eye. Generally grown as a range of cultivars.
E Central Europe
Popular European garden plant that is believed to have been developed in Tudor times. Now available as a wide range of cultivars.
Source: (1997). Dianthus. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.