The persistent carnation (Dianthus diutinus) native plant species in Hungary. It is a highly protected plant, with a conservation value of HUF 250,000. Its natural habitat is the sandy grasslands between the Danube and the Tisza. Today, its stocks and number of individuals have greatly decreased.
The purpose of the LIFE application launched in 2006 was to map the natural habitats of the plant and the number of roots living there, to create habitats suitable for it, to help the spread of invasive plant species by suppressing them, and to support the survival of the natural population by planting ex situ propagated plants. The tender involved three project areas: Csévharaszt (Danube-Ipoly National Park), Bodoglár and Bócsa (Kiskunság National Park).
As part of the tender, the SZTE Botanic Garden undertook to propagate 15,000 plants ex situ from seeds collected from natural stands and replant them in the designated areas.
The project was successfully completed at the end of 2012.
Németh, A; Makra, O. (2011): Ex situ conservation of Dianthus diutinus – a case study – in: Verő Gy. (ed.): Nature conservation and researches on the Sandridge of the Danube-Tisza Interfluve, Rosalia volume 6, Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate, Budapest 2011, 353-380.
the film about Dianthus diutinus can be viewed on the website