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DIANTHUS chinensis 'Corona Cherry Magic'

Image of Dianthus chinensis 'Corona Cherry Magic'

James H. Schutte

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS chinensis 'Corona Cherry Magic'

Plant Common Name

China Pink, Corona™ Cherry Magic Pink

General Description

Winner of the All-America Selections award in 2003, ‘Corona Cherry Magic’ stands out with its striking, bicolor flowers displayed on compact plants in summer. Uniquely variable, the blossoms appear in endless, shifting combinations of pale pink and deep rose-red, and may be solid, streaked, or light with a darker eye. The unusually large flowers are borne profusely atop low, bushy mounds of linear, grasslike foliage from late spring throughout summer, and may attract bees and butterflies.

Derived from a short-lived perennial species native to China, ‘Corona Cherry Magic’ is commonly sold and treated as an annual. Plant it in full to part sun and fertile, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. Avoid soggy conditions and overwatering, as these may cause stem and root decay. Regular removal of faded flower stems encourages heaviest reblooming. This outstanding hybrid makes a fine bedding annual, and is a delightful addition to containers or mixed beds and borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • 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

    7"-9" / 17.8cm - 22.9cm

  • Width

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Europe, Northern Europe, Western Europe

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

    Light Pink, Hot Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes