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PlantFiles: Mule Pinks
Dianthus barbatus x caryophyllus

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: barbatus x caryophyllus (bar-BAY-tus kar-ee-oh-FIL-us) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive csb On Aug 26, 2009, csb from Kerrville, TX wrote:

As a sterile plant, I believe it should be cared for and shared with others. It is a great evergreen edging plant with attractive dark foliage, and brilliant pink flowers in spring.

Neutral Terry On Aug 17, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A mule pink is a sterile cross between Sweet William and a carnation, creating a larger flower than typical Dianthus. Mule Pinks date back to around 1715, and are still found at historic sites like Jefferson's Monticello. They have a sweet fragrance and bloom for several weeks beginning in early summer. The foliage is a very deep green.

They will need protection in colder areas, or take fall cuttings for the following year.

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