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DIANTHUS 'Frosty Fire'

Image of Dianthus 'Frosty Fire' (Allwoodii Alpinus Group)

Yoder Brothers

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS 'Frosty Fire'( Allwoodii Alpinus Group)

Plant Common Name

Allwood's Pink, Frosty Fire Pink

General Description

Plants in the Dianthus Allwoodii group are compact, semi-evergreen, cushion-forming perennials resulting from crossing Dianthus plumarius (cottage pink) with perpetual-flowering carnations. The cultivar 'Frosty Fire' bears many clove-scented, ruffled, double, vivid red flowers in late spring and early summer above mounds of grassy, silvery-blue, evergreen leaves. Sporadic rebloom may occur in summer and early fall.

Preferring full sun and well-drained, neutral soil, this pink is well suited to rock gardens, border fronts, or containers. It needs division every 2 or 3 years to maintain its vigor.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 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

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm

  • Bloom Time

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

  • 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

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Pink, Light Pink, Rose, Dark Red, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Steel Blue

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double, Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Foundation, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No