Perennials forum: a strange Dianthus

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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Mar 12, 2015 4:22 PM CST
In the cut flower industry these are known as "green ball Dianthus". I'd never seen them in person until today, and they are very odd. I kept thinking if I stuck a couple of wobbly eyes to it, it would look like a Muppet! I read somewhere that it is a form of Dianthus barbatus, Sweet William. Looks like the inflorescence has mutated into something more leaf like- I couldn't see any actual flower parts (stamens, pistils, etc.).
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abhege
Mar 12, 2015 9:26 PM CST
Really? A dianthus? I like the muppet reference. Hilarious!
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piksihk
Mar 13, 2015 6:10 PM CST
Last spring I saw them at one of our local gardens - I've posted the photo on database. They are interesting.
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Name: Paul
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vanozzi
Mar 15, 2015 1:44 AM CST
How interesting Neal,I've never heard of this type, but then again I am a bit of a hermit these days.Don't think I would ever grow something like that, as I breed carnations and pinks, but can see they have appeal for the cut flower market and definitely something different!
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 15, 2015 5:15 AM CST
Same here, don't really think I'd want them in the garden, but they do look nice in floral arrangements. When I get pics of the bridal bouquet I'll post some here.

In studying the bloom head, I realized all those green hairy looking parts are something I see on Sweet Williams just before the buds start opening- surrounded the blooms. These seem to have mutated so that those hairs have replaced all the other flower parts. Doesn't look like they could be used for breeding, since there are no anthers or stigmas.
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ge1836
Mar 16, 2015 8:17 AM CST
Looks almost fasciated.
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HamiltonSquare
Mar 16, 2015 10:17 PM CST
(Dianthus barbatus 'Green Trick') AKA Green Ball is what it is. There a recent Plant ID thread about this oddity. I think I like it but need to see it in person.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2015 5:04 AM CST
Ah yes, I'd meant to post the data base link! Smiling
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