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DIANTHUS caryophyllus (GRENADIN SERIES)

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James H. Schutte

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS caryophyllus( GRENADIN SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Grenadin Carnation

General Description

Grenadin Series border pinks produce a summer display of fragrant, double flowers in solid and bicolor shades of red, pink, pale yellow and white. They are borne profusely on slender, sturdy stems which rise from compact tufts of linear, grasslike, blue-green foliage. The colorful blossoms appear from late spring through midsummer, and may attract bees and butterflies.

Long valued for their showy, sweetly fragrant flowers, border pinks are descended from an evergreen species native to the Mediterranean. These herbaceous perennials thrive in full to part sun and well-drained neutral to alkaline soil. Performing best in areas with cool summers, they benefit from additional shade where summer temperatures are very hot. Regular removal of faded flower stems encourages heavier reblooming. Use them in rock gardens, containers or well-drained mixed beds and borders. Their lovely blossoms also make excellent, long lasting cut flowers.

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

    10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    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

    White, Red, Light Yellow, Pink

  • 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