Dianthus basuticus

Lesotho pink


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A seldom-encountered Dianthus which hails from the mountains in South Africa where it is commonly known as the Drakensberg Carnation or if you are truly local, Hiokoa-La-Tsela. Apparently the local indigenous use this medicinally as well as in magic - we can't speak to the efficacy of the former but we can say we are transported briefly to another realm when this flowers. Nice pink flowers on slowly spreading mats which is best suited for the rock garden. Good drainage in full sun and hardy to zone 7 and possibly lower.


Plant Type

  • Perennial / Bulb

Mature Size


Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 7a (0 °F)
  • Zone 7b (5 °F)
  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)
  • Zone 9a (20 °F)
  • Zone 9b (25 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Full Sun

Water Needs

  • Dry
  • Moderate

Bloom Time

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Deer Resistant Plants
  • Drought Tolerant Plants