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DIANTHUS 'Snowfire'

Image of Dianthus 'Snowfire'

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS 'Snowfire'

Plant Common Name

Dianthus, Pinks, Snowfire Pink

General Description

Winner of the All-America Selections award in 1978, China pink ‘Snowfire’ produces drifts of large, single white flowers with bright, rose-red centers. The lightly fragrant blossoms appear from late spring throughout summer atop compact mounds of linear, grasslike, green foliage. They are held singly on short, sturdy stems, and are attractive to bees and butterflies.

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

    7"-8" / 17.8cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    8"-9" / 20.3cm - 22.9cm

  • 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, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • 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, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes