Dianthus, China Pinks
Dianthus chinensis 'Raspberry Parfait'

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Raspberry Parfait

Category:

Annuals

Biennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Red

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Blue-Green

Aromatic

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Houston, Arkansas

Oak Forest, Illinois

Litchfield, Maine

Mason, Michigan

Isle, Minnesota

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Westbury, New York

Clayton, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Mount Airy, North Carolina

Spokane, Washington

Moundsville, West Virginia

Hartford, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 11, 2015, ZombiShakespear from Clayton, NC wrote:

I've planted these short little dianthus as bedding plants for the front of my flower bed. They do fill in nicely and stay compact, but you do have to dead head them. They're pretty tough little plants, and they bloom repeatedly all summer. Even though everything I've read about them says they have no fragrance, I say they do. It's light, but it's there. I bought mine in 6-packs, so I also ended up with the solid dark red, the solid pink, and the white ones. They're sold here as annuals, but they usually come back if you leave the area undisturbed.