Dianthus sp   Whitby Pink C D I

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Officially this escape is supposed to be Dianthus caryophyllus x plumarius (a hybrid between garden pink and a carnation) but recently scientists at Kew have examined the plant genetically and said that there is some Dianthus gratianopolitanus (Cheddar Pink) in there as well. They've refused to name it so we now have a Dianthus with no systematic name which I have called The Whitby Pink. It must be an escaped cross from nursery that has amongst its characteristics a love of vertical cliff faces for it seems very much at home in this environment in the centre of Whitby.

Cliffs, Whitby, Yorkshire 11th June 2005

Added on June 15th 2005, updated 12th December 2008, updated 28th March 2010

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