Amur Pink, Amur River Pink
Dianthus amurensis 'Siberian Blues'

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: amurensis (am-or-EN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Siberian Blues

Category:

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pink

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Divernon, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Lincoln, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Plainsboro, New Jersey

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Albion, Pennsylvania

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Valencia, Pennsylvania

Christiana, Tennessee

San Marcos, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kalama, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

6
positives
1
neutral
3
negatives
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Negative

On Aug 8, 2012, annakins from Aberdeen, SD wrote:

Bought 3 plants 2 years ago and placed in different areas of my garden. I love the color but gets very leggy and floppy (mine range from part to full sun). Lost one the first year,one didn't come back this spring and the last one just died. Haven't decided if it's worth buying more because they look very nice next to my petite wonder bee balm.

Positive

On Jun 16, 2010, killdawabbit from Christiana, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I really like this plant. It blooms later and for a longer time than my other dianthuses.

Negative

On May 20, 2009, mcrousse from Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I had 3 specimens of this plant last year. All bloomed well but 2 look to have died over the winter, and the remaining specimen looks poorly. This is in a bed where other dianthus flourish. It's easy to wintersow, so I was able to replace my dead specimens. We will see how it does this year. I was not that impressed.

Positive

On Jul 23, 2008, teachnkids from Johannesburg
South Africa (Zone 9b) wrote:

I purchased this from Park Seed as a plant. After transplanting it into a clay pot, I only had to wait a matter of weeks before it began blooming. It has bloomed quite heavily for months now. It is also quite prolific at setting seeds. I must say that it is very easy to care for, really no care needed, other than to water it every time the dirt appears a little dry. (Generally I just give it a little water every morning with the rest of my plants.)

I was disappointed in its color, not because it isn't a pretty color, but because I was expecting a blue flower as the catalogue picture showed. The pictures on Dave's Garden do a great job of showing the true color.

Positive

On Oct 18, 2007, bagel_k from Central, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love this plant. The color is not really blue, but lavender. It is very easy to grow from seed, I started mine in April, and it was already blooming in July! Lots of blooms till September. It is growing in full sun, clayish soil.

Positive

On Oct 2, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I wasn't sure if they'd ever bloom. I planted mine in the late spring, and just yesterday (Oct 1) I found the first bloom.

Blue! Mine is blue, though there are some purple tones to it.

As far as being low-growing, I can barely see the foliage. It's like lichen in the dirt, it's so short. And very slow-growing, but I would be surprised if the nutrient-poor soil and record heat (which caused wilting) didn't affect its growth rate.

Positive

On Jul 29, 2007, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I think I got the seeds in a trade from kat7. I 've sown the seeds on 15-20C (or 59-68F ) and did 'nt exclude light. The seeds germinated easy. I'm not disappointed about the colour. From a distance one could say that they are blue. They are not growing in full sun, but in dappled sunlight. It's possible they turn more pink in full sun.They flower about four weeks. I cut them back after flowering but they never re bloom for me. D. 'Siberian Blues' has flowered past 5 years in my garden ..so I find it quite reliable.

Negative

On Jan 25, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Not true blue, as the catalog description made it seem to be, and is hard to keep alive. It has died in multiple locations here.

Positive

On Jun 25, 2002, krissakoko wrote:

This plant fascinates me because it starts out as a fuschia color and the color changes during the daytime becoming a lavender by 6pm

Neutral

On Mar 12, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

The Amur pink is a mat forming plant with bright evergreen foliage. The purplish-pink flowers are 1-inch (1-2.5 cm) accross with darker centers and toothed petals. Plants preform best in full sun and well-drained soil although they will tolerate partial shade.