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Dianthus 'Dragon Fruit' PP21894

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Pinks

This colorful double selection produces fragrant, bright pink, ruffled flowers with magenta markings around the center and edge of the petals.  The fluffy looking flowers which measure about 1.5" across are produced atop grassy mounds of grey-green foliage.

Intro Year: 2008

Breeder: Kevin Hurd

Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Parentage: Female parent: 'Double Spotty'

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  8 Inches
Spread:
  12 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
  Purple-red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Early fall
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Cottage
  Rock Garden
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Edging
Evergreen
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Dianthus grow best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils.  Lime can be added to the soil if it is naturally acidic to raise the pH.  Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas.  Regular watering during prolonged dry spells will be necessary.  However, they are tolerant of short periods of dryness. 

Do a thorough clean-up in the fall to prevent pest and disease problems, and add a layer of mulch to protect the evergreen foliage.  As soon as the weather begins to warm up, remove all of this mulch to prevent crown rot. 


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Geranium 'Perfect Storm'
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
5,6,7,8
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Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Achillea millefolium 'Sunny Seduction' PP20808
Common Name: Yarrow
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Campanula persicifolia Takion Series-Blue
Common Name: Bellflower--Peach-leaved
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Helictotrichon sempervirens
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Sedum 'Sunset Cloud'
Common Name: Stonecrop-Autumn
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian Purple Improved'
Common Name: Foxglove
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue'
Common Name: Agave
7b,8,9,10
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Fun Facts:

What came first--the color or the flower? The color we call "pink" was actually named after "Pinks,"  the common name of Dianthus.

Did you know Dianthus flowers are edible?  The individual petals have a sweet taste just like their perfumed scent.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.