Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Dianthus...pollinator value?

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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Apr 27, 2017 8:07 AM CST
Last year I bought a carload of plants on the cheap.
Some plants were great, some were spot fillers. I didn't think any of the Dianthus would come back from winter....especially since the heat/sun just previous really impacted them. They have come back with a vengeance and are quite beautiful. The issue is that while a goid many sources list them as good draws for pollinators and hummingbirds, I have yet to see these goals fulfilled wit Dianthus. Yesterday, I saw a single queen bumblebee try one for about 30 seconds before flying away.

Does anyone out there get regular attendance by hummingbirds & pollinators on Dianthus?
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

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