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weird but wonderful

Posted by seedmoney 8A ( on
Thu, Jun 27, 13 at 11:39

In a batch of 300 seedlings of Dianthus amurensis 'Siberian Blues' up popped two plants with pure white flowers. They have proven hardy in my garden (Outer Banks, coastal NC, Zone 8) for two years now. Anybody ever heard of a white variant of D. amurensis?

Here is a link that might be useful: White-flowered form of Dianthus amurensis

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RE: weird but wonderful

hello seedmoney,
those are some amazing photographs.
I dont know about this particular species, but in general mutations to a white form aren`t very unusual. Some of the first garden plants were white mutants of the wild forms, collected by keen eyed gardeners in the wild. Of almost all garden perennials you can get white cultivars. I remember a pic my brother in law took of a wheat field: billions of red poppy and one white poppy among them. So as long as it doesn`t ruin your color scheme I would just watch it for a while.

bye, Lin

RE: weird but wonderful

Thanks for your kind words, Lin.
I actually prefer this white variant over the regular "blue" ones. Any idea if the white flowered type will come true from seed? The plant in question is isolated from the others.

RE: weird but wonderful

that depends on their pollination habit/technique, I once had volunteers of a white Centranthus ruber, all of them white as well; clueless about Dianthus though, self-pollination would make that happen,

bye, Lin.

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