Dianthus haematocalyx is a variable species occurring in mountains of the C & S Balkan Peninsula. The photo shows subsp. pindicola, which is confined to rocky and gravelly slopes, usually on serpentine, in NW Greece and adjacent parts of S Albania, forming neat cushions with somewhat glaucous leaves and deep pinkish purple petals. Four other subspecies have been recognized in Greece.
NPi SPi StE EC NC
Greece (East Central Greece present; North Central Greece present; North Pindos present; South Pindos present; Sterea Ellas present)
Native / Range-Restricted
Temperate and submediterranean Grasslands, High mountain vegetation
Presidential Decree 67/81