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Dianthus chinensis (Dianthus, China pink)

Dianthus chinensis

Botanical Name:    Dianthus chinensis

Common Name(s):    Dianthus, China Pinks

Family:    Caryophyllaceae

Genus:    Dianthus

Species:    chinensis

Plant Type:    Herbaceous perennial

Height:    6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spread:    6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Bloom Time:    April to June

Bloom Color(s):    White, pink, red

Leaves:    Blue-Green

Range:    China


Dianthus chinensis (China pink) is an herbaceous perennial plant that grows to 6-12 in. (15-30 cm) tall and 6-9 in. (15-22 cm) wide. It is native to China. The flowers are white, pink, or red, small, 3-4 cm in diameter. It is in flower from April to June, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The leaves are blue-green, linear-lanceolate, 3-5 cm long and 2-4 cm wide, with margin entire or denticulate. It prefers in full sun, well-drained soils.

How to Grow

Sun:    Full sun to part shade

Water:    Dry to medium

Soil:    Acidic, Alkaline, Well-drained

Propagation:    Seed, Softwood cuttings