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DIANTHUS 'Raspberry Parfait'

Image of Dianthus 'Raspberry Parfait'

Jessie Keith

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS 'Raspberry Parfait'

Plant Common Name

Dianthus, Pinks, Raspberry Parfait Pink

General Description

China pink ‘Raspberry Parfait’ creates a show-stopping display with its striking raspberry red and light pink flowers which resemble small bullseyes. A member of the Super Parfait Series, it forms a rounded mound of linear, somewhat grass-like, blue-green foliage. Numerous single, lightly fragrant flowers appear on short, sturdy stems from late spring through midsummer. Each flower is light pink with petals edged in dark pink, and bears a distinct, central “eye” of raspberry red.

Valued for their colorful, prolific flowers, China pinks are short-lived perennials which are commonly treated as annuals. Plant them in full to part sun and fertile, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. Avoid soggy conditions and overwatering, as these may cause the plants to rot. Shear back faded flower stems regularly to encourage heavier blooming. China pinks make fine accents in container compositions, and are lovely when massed at the front of 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

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    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

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink, Crimson

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue 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

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes