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DIANTHUS caryophyllus 'Cinnamon Red Hots'

Image of Dianthus caryophyllus 'Cinnamon Red Hots'

James Burghardt

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS caryophyllus 'Cinnamon Red Hots'

Plant Common Name

Carnation, Cinnamon Red Hots Carnation

General Description

Border carnations are herbaceous perennials that trace their ancestry to the Mediterranean native Dianthus caryophyllus. The compact-growing cultivar 'Cinnamon Red Hots' bears fragrant, double red flowers from late spring through summer. They rise on sturdy stems from evergreen mounds of linear, grasslike, blue-green foliage.

This showy perennial does best in well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil and full sun, but appreciates some shade in hot climates. It flowers most prolifically where summers are relatively cool. Often grown as an annual, it also works well as a perennial in mild climates. Use it in cottage and cutting gardens or in containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 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

    12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green

  • 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes