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DIANTHUS 'Candy Dish'

Image of Dianthus 'Candy Dish'

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS 'Candy Dish'

Plant Common Name

Candy Dish Dianthus, Hybrid Pinks

General Description

The extremely fragrant, vivid reddish pink flowers of ‘Candy Dish’ will add color to any sunny garden. It is a compact, clump-forming hybrid perennial that blooms early in the season.

This low-growing pink forms neat mounds of blue-green strappy leaves. In early summer, it produces double, fragrant rosy pink blossoms with red markings and frilly pinked edges. Deadheading will encourage further bloom but the first flush is always the heaviest.

Grow Dianthus in full to partial sun and any well-drained garden soil with a neutral to alkaline pH. This is a low-maintenance plant with few pest and disease problems, though overwatering can cause crown and root rot. It is carefree and ideal for bedding, containers or any perennial garden with good light.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    7"-10" / 17.8cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Hot Pink, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No