Allwood Pinks, Modern Pinks 'Desmond'

Dianthus x allwoodii

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: x allwoodii (all-WOOD-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Desmond


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


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)

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

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer


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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

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

Augusta, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Bethel, Maine

East Brookfield, Massachusetts

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Crossville, Tennessee

Lubbock, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 22, 2008, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

These plants are very hardy, require little care, and are evergreen vigorous non-stop bloomers. What else could you ask for?


On Mar 21, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Short 14" - Plant 10" apart. Deep blue-green foliage, bold red double flower.


On Aug 28, 2004, EmilyTheChef from Boise, ID (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grow this all over my full afternoon sun garden in Boise, ID zone 6 (I don't know if it's Zone "a" or "b"). I ordered the plant about 4 years ago and they came as 1 stem in a little 2" pot. 4 years later they are 10" - 12" wide, 6" high woody mounds of evergreen foliage, with beautiful deep red flowers that, like the above member mentioned, look like little roses. I'd say they're in full bloom in early July. Mine have a very negligable scent, the air has to be warm and you've got to stick your nose down in 'em. DO NOT shear them back to the ground like you would other dianthus or pinks ... they will die :( I need to divide them and I came here looking for info on how to do so. Looks like Rootball division is the way!