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DIANTHUS 'Supra Purple'

Image of Dianthus 'Supra Purple'

James H. Schutte

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS 'Supra Purple'

Plant Common Name

Dianthus, Supra Purple Dianthus

General Description

China pinks are short-lived, herbaceous perennials which are native to central and southern China. Commonly treated as annuals in the garden, they are valued for their colorful, prolific flowers displayed over a long period in summer. They typically bloom in the first year from seed, and have been bred to produce an array of solid and bicolor flowers in shades of pink, white and red.

Appearing from late spring throughout summer, the flat, disk-like flowers of China pinks have heavily fringed petal edges, and bear little to no fragrance. They are carried on short, slender, branched stems which rise from low, tufted mounds of linear, grasslike foliage. The flowers may be pink, red or white and commonly feature a darker, central eye. If allowed, the plants will produce small, black seeds which may self-sow to produce differently colored flowers than those of the parent plant.

Grow China pinks in full to part sun and fertile, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. Avoid soggy conditions and overwatering, as these may cause stem and root decay. Shear back faded flower stems regularly to encourage heavier blooming. China pinks make fine accents in container compositions, and are also 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

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    6"-9" / 15.2cm - 22.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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