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PlantFiles: Dianthus, Pinks
Dianthus 'Ideal Crimson'

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Cultivar: Ideal Crimson

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gardeninggalok On Apr 26, 2007, gardeninggalok from Yukon, OK wrote:

This dianthus is sold in the spring and fall in my area as an annual. It is a true perinneal and almost completely evergreen here in zone 6b. It blooms in the spring profusely and again in the fall. I have found that with dead heading it will bloom in the summer also, but not as heavily. Very hardy and pests don't seem to like it. It is a perfect choice for lightly shaded spot in your garden. One of my favorites!


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

Lake Forest, California
Tallahassee, Florida
Olathe, Kansas
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Newalla, Oklahoma
Yukon, Oklahoma
Pipe Creek, Texas

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