Dianthus barbatus ‘Green Trick’

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Back at the Northwest Home and Garden Show we saw a plant in an ikebana display we had never seen before. It immediately attracted both my husband and I because we love green “blooms”. As we neared, I could see that the stem looked a lot like a Dianthus, and it was one, but not one we had ever heard of: Dianthus barbatus ‘Green Trick’.
It is only available to the floral trade but I imagine someday it will be made available to the home gardener. Like other green “blooms” it really is just a bloom without its petals. Instead, it simply has a lovely mass of sepals.

After we saw it at the show, it started to show up everywhere I looked! I know that means that it must be a popular and trendy plant, and I am sure that it is because a search of its name brings up all varieties of inquiries online.

You have all probably had these moments. You see a plant you have never seen before, and then you begin to see it everywhere. I don’t mind its popularity, because I think it is pretty special too. Don’t you?

Dianthus barbatus ‘Green Trick’ in the newest Anthropologie catalog.

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