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Dianthus chinensis (Chinese Pink)

Chinese Pink, Rainbow Pink, Indian Pink


Highly popular, Dianthus chinensis (Chinese Pink) is a biennial or short-lived perennial prized for its abundance of colorful, flat, single flowers adorned with heavily fringed petals and a dark central eye. Blooming over a long period from late spring throughout summer, the flowers come in a wide array of bright colors from white to red, often in bicolor combinations. The pretty blossoms are borne on slender, branched stems and rise above a foliage of narrow, lance-shaped leaves. Chinese Pinks thrive in cool summers and dislike heat and humidity. Easy to grow, Chinese Pinks will fill your garden or containers with their vibrant colors before you know it.

  • Grows up to 6-30 in. tall (15-75 cm) and 6-10 in. wide (15-25 cm). China Pinks may self-sow to produce differently colored flowers than those of their parent plant.
  • Thrives in full sun in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates.
  • Excellent choice for beds and borders, garden edging or containers.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new blooms. When flowering declines, trim back to promote additional bloom.
  • Susceptible to crown rot and rust in poorly-drained soils. Watch for snails and slugs.
  • Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date. Plant in the ground 1-2 weeks before last frost date.
  • Native to China

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 3' (15cm – 90cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 3' (15cm – 90cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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