Dianthus barbatus

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Dianthus barbatus


Perennial, ± tufted, erect herb, up to 60 cm. Leaves on flowering shoots grass-green, narrowly elliptic, often shortly petiolate, finely serrate-ciliate, 6-12 by 1.2-4 cm, the lower obtuse, the upper acuminate to acute. Flowers many together in a head, most often very dense, but sometimes with more elongate branching; Petals pink to dark red, 10-15 mm long, fine and irregularly dentate, finely barbate, very variable in cultivated forms.


Asia-Tropical: Jawa (Jawa cultivated), central and submediterranean Europe present
Indigenous to the mountains of central and submediterranean Europe In Malesia: cultivated in Java as an ornamental in the montane regions.


Lu Dequan 1996: p. 411. – In: Fl. Reip. Pop. Sin.: f. 107: 1-3
Backer 1911: Schoolfl. Java: 81
Pham-hoàng Hô 1991: p. 932. – In: Ill. Fl. Vietnam: f. 2618
Edgew. & Hook. f. 1874 – In: Fl. Brit. India: 215
Grierson 1987 – In: Fl. Bhutan: 199
Backer & Bakh. f. 1963 – In: Fl. Java: 213
Lu Dequan & N.J. Turland 2001 – In: Fl. China: 103