Allwood Pinks, Modern Pinks
Dianthus x allwoodii 'Frosty Fire'

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: Frosty Fire
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 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:

Red

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Silver/Gray

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

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

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

Regional

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

Avon, Colorado

Cumming, Georgia

Lake In The Hills, Illinois

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Owosso, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Roscoe, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Millington, Tennessee

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 17, 2013, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

After experimenting with maybe 10 dianthus varieties, I now plant only two: Frosty Fire and Firewitch. These grow and bloom very well for me. I have not had good luck with any others and eventually shovel pruned them. Frosty Fire is a brilliant magenta color, very eye-catching, but difficult to photograph accurately.

Positive

On Jun 27, 2010, IHeartPlanties from Eagle-Vail, CO (Zone 4b) wrote:

Planted these last spring, and had to transplant them early this summer after they already had a ton of buds on them. I was a little more generous with the watering the first week or two after transplanting, but they have started blooming without issue. Seems like a pretty tough plant. Last year they bloomed all season long with deadheading and VERY littlle watering during our mostly dry, sunny summers. Gets late morning, all afternoon sun here. I would call the color more of a dark hot pink then red. Looks great with my intense dark purple caesar's brother iris blooming in the background.

Positive

On Jun 25, 2010, weedsbgone from Roscoe, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Mine have tons of blooms. Thriving in zone 5b-6a in full sun, well drained location.

Neutral

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

Short 12" - Plant 14" apart - zone 3-8 red/pink quarter sized double flowers with agua blue foliage. Scented blossoms. Drought and heat resistant.

Neutral

On Jun 13, 2004, Osteole from Lamar, AR (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is located near the foundation of a house which has no guttering. I think that the plant may get too much water. It's not doing as well as I hoped. I only planted it this year, so perhaps next season it will do better.