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DIANTHUS 'Diana Blueberry'

Image of Dianthus 'Diana Blueberry' (DIANA SERIES)

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS 'Diana Blueberry'( DIANA SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Diana Blueberry Dianthus, Dianthus

General Description

Though marketed as having "true blue" flowers, the blooms of 'Diana Blueberry' are actually violet-magenta with a hint of lavender. Developed by the Dutch company, Hem Genetics, plants in the Diana Series are short-lived perennials that are most often grown as annual bedding plants. Their neat clumps of green, waxy, narrow leaves become topped with short stems sporting single flowers from early spring through midsummer, depending on the climate. Flower diameter of 'Diana Blueberry' blooms range between 2 and 2.5 inches (4 to 6 cm). Petal edges are jagged and look lacy and frilled. The white-centered blooms are held on short, sturdy stems.

Grow this dianthus in full to partial sun and well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Avoid overwatering, as can cause crown and root rot. This selection offers good tolerance to both summer heat and winter cold and is seldom troubled by pests or diseases. Regular removal of spent flower stems encourages heavier flowering. Bedding dianthus is a worthwhile choice for containers, rock gardens or sunny mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    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"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Magenta, Lavender, Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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

    No