Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Dianthus montanus M.Bieb.

Johnson's Dictionary and Don describe Dianthus montanus M.Bieb. as bearing large, purple flowers, olive-coloured on the underside, with strongly-toothed petals.  Probably the same species as Dianthus chinensis L. which see.  Hortus Second relates Dianthus montanus to Dianthus seguièri Vill., synonym D. chinensis var. asper.  ‘The European extension of D. chinensis, perhaps a distinct species differing in the panicled flowers, and wide-spreading calyx bracts.’  [Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced from the Caucasus in 1803.  [JD, Don].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [H.90/1843].


Dianthus montanus F.W.Schmidt., synonyms Dianthus carthusianorum All., Dianthus chinensis L. var. asper., appears to be the same plant. 

Published Apr 12, 2009 - 03:44 PM | Last updated Aug 25, 2011 - 04:25 PM

Family Caryophyllaceae
Region of origin


  • Dianthus chinensis L. var. asper   
  • Dianthus carthusianorum All.
  • Dianthus seguièri Vill.


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Dianthus montanus 

Confidence level medium