Dianthus 'Messines Pink'

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Mainly dry
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained
Dates From:
19th Century

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Plant Details

Beautiful double flowers of deep salmon pink over green foliage.

One of the Mule pinks. Age unknown, but thought to be from around 1840.

Height: 25cm

There is a story told of this pink which is that a soldier, wounded in the Messines Ridge area, was found holding a piece of a plant in his hand. When he was returned to England he was still holding it and it was planted and this gave rise to Messines Pink. 

The Mule Pinks are a cross between a carnation and a Sweet William, resulting in larger flowers than typical Dianthus. 

Common name(s): Mule Pink; Gillyflower

All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.