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China Pinks

Dianthus chinensis

Spring-blooming China pinks are a source of cool-season color with prolific blooms in bright reds, pinks, purples, or whites.  

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Dianthus chinensis

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Dianthus chinensis Plant Information

Scientific Name: Dianthus chinensis
Common Name: China pinks
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Suggested Uses: short-lived perennial

beds & borders, cool-season color
Plant Form: upright, rounded
Height: 6 - 12 inches
Spread: 12 - 24 inches
Foliage: finely-textured, gray-green leaves

1-3" long, acute tip with entire margins
Flower: red, pink, purple, or white single flowers with no fragrance
Bloom Period: Spring
Sun: light shade
Water: medium water requirement
Soil: well-drained soil with high organic matter

pH adaptable
Heat Tolerance: low heat tolerance
Native Range: Asia
Maintenance: does not do well repeatedly planted in the same area

propagation by seed
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to fusarium crown rot

not susceptible to pests

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