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Scientific Name: Dianthus superbus 'Fringed Mixed'

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Dianthus superbus 'Fringed Mixed'


  • Perennial
  • Dianthus superbus is native to China.
  • The leaves are green to greyish green, and the flowers are sweetly scented, with five deeply cut, pink to lavender fringed petals from early to late summer.
  • Their fragrance is a cross between baby powder and strawberry milkshake.
  • It needs ordinary to dry soil in full sun and partial shade is preferred in hot climates

Culinary Uses

  • The leaves are edible when young and can be eaten when boiled.
  • The flowers contain sweet nectar, and the foliage can be eaten or boiled to make a drink.

Parts Used

  • The whole plant.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • The fringed pink, called Qu Mai in Chinese herbalism, has been used in Chinese herbal medicine for over 2,000 years.
  • The whole plant is a bitter tonic herb that stimulates the digestive, the urinary system and the bowels, emmenagogue, ophthalmic and tonic.
  • It lowers blood pressure, reduces fever and controls bacterial infections.
  • The plant is an abortifacient and contraceptive - it is ranked 9th in a list of 250 potential antifertility Chinese plants.
  • Fringed Pink is said to promote hair growth.
  • Externally, it is applied to skin inflammations and swelling.
  • The leaves are used in the treatment of haemorrhoids, lumbricoides worms and venereal sores.
  • The flowers are astringent, diuretic, haemostatic, resolvent and vulnerary.
  • Research has shown that the flowers are the most markedly diuretic part of the plant - taken internally in the treatment of acute urinary tract infections (especially cystitis), urinary stones, constipation, and failure to menstruate.
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