Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
DIANTHUS 'Supra Purple'
Dianthus, Supra Purple Dianthus
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.
9 - 1
6 - 9
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm
6"-9" / 15.2cm - 22.9cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Red, Pink, Rose
Green, Light Green
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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