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DIANTHUS 'Ideal Cherry Picotee'

Image of Dianthus 'Ideal Cherry Picotee' (IDEAL SERIES)

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Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS 'Ideal Cherry Picotee'( IDEAL SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Dianthus, Ideal Cherry Picotee Dianthus

General Description

A hybrid of sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) and its close cousin D. chinensis, this is indeed an ideal candidate for places where a compact, colorful, free-blooming annual or short-lived perennial is needed. Flat clusters of frilly-edged, unscented, cherry-pink flowers with white margins appear in spring and continue until summer heat sets in. The narrow, bright green foliage is evergreen in mild-winter areas.

With its compact habit, Ideal Cherry Picotee makes an excellent choice for bedding, edging, or containers. For optimum growth and flowering, provide it with full sun, bi-weekly fertilizer, and good drainage. Grow it as a winter annual in areas with hot summers and mild winters.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 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

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm (10)

  • Bloom Time

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

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Dark Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor, Multi-Color, Striped

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • 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

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No