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Dianthus

Dianthus barbatus

Pinks, Sweet William, Perennial Dianthus, Carnations

About This Plant

Partial shade; best with up to 6 hours of morning sun. A short-lived biennial or perennial with blue-green leaves, blooming in red, white, pink and purple, mostly in spring but sometimes year-round, depending on the cultivar. Modern varieties are seedless, and hence have a long bloom period. Dianthus are often treated as winter or spring bedding plants in south-central Texas, but once established they can be long-lived – in fact they prefer it on the dry side. Various species exist, most native to Eurasia.

Origins: Eurasia

Maintenance

Fairly carefree as long as soil moisture is adequate. Water at the base (not the leaves) to prevent mildew.

A cheerful cool-season bedding plant, often perennial.

Min. Height: 1'

Max Height: 1.5 feet'

Min. Width: 5'

Max Width: 6 inches'

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