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Dianthus chinensis x barbatus

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dy-AN-thus chi-NEN-sis BY bar-BAY-tus
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Pinks can be grown as an annual or biennial. They bloom in spring and again in fall when the temperatures cool down. The 5 petaled flowers come in several colors, are often fragrant and bloom profusely. Deadheading helps to prolong the bloom time. Plant in full sun to part sun in average well-drained garden soils. They tolerate dry soil and are deer resistant.

They can be mass planted in borders, in a rock garden or in containers.

Problems: Alternaria leaf spot, root rot, Fusarium wilt, may result from poor drainage; thrips, whitefly; resistant to Phytophthora.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Carpet series'
  • 'Charm series'
  • 'Ideal Series'
  • 'Telstar series'
Tags:
#bees#sun#showy flowers#poisonous#small spaces#houseplant#annual#drought tolerant#fall flowers#biennial#white flowers#container plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#many colors#partial sun#red flowers#spring flowers#cottage garden#cpp#mounding#edging#well-drained soil#bicolor#neutral ph#deer resistant#cool weather plant#rock gardens#borders#clumping#sandy soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#patio#butterflies#fringed flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Carpet series'
  • 'Charm series'
  • 'Ideal Series'
  • 'Telstar series'
Tags:
#bees#sun#showy flowers#poisonous#small spaces#houseplant#annual#drought tolerant#fall flowers#biennial#white flowers#container plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#many colors#partial sun#red flowers#spring flowers#cottage garden#cpp#mounding#edging#well-drained soil#bicolor#neutral ph#deer resistant#cool weather plant#rock gardens#borders#clumping#sandy soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#patio#butterflies#fringed flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dianthus
    Species:
    chinensis
    Family:
    Caryophyllaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Biennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Wildlife Value:
    Attract bees and butterflies.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Fragrance
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 8 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Poisonous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Variegated
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Wheel
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Showy 1.5 inch 5 petaled blooms with crimped edges come in many colors and bi-colors.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Basal and stem leaves are gray-green and lanceolate.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    No reports of ingestion. Skin irritation reported from contact with clove pinks; minor and lasts only a few minutes.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Triterpenoid saponins
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves