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PlantFiles: Superb Pink
Dianthus 'Rainbow Loveliness'

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

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


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)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive straea On May 26, 2008, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love dianthus and this one is tops for me. It bloomed nearly continuously last year despite heat, humidity, strong winds, dry soil, and occasional severe storms. I didn't deadhead it (I wanted to save seeds to pass along to friends) and still it bloomed with vigor. This year I'm growing more of them that I've scattered around my hot, windy, sloped garden and they are all doing well so far. No wonder Allwood was the king of dianthus breeding.

Positive zville123 On May 23, 2008, zville123 from Zanesville, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Evergreen here. Smells different than other pinks...more sweet & flowery than like cloves. Smell is better when lime is added. Also, it's better to group plants. Gets better every year. If deadheaded, blooms for a long time. Will always be in my garden.

Positive PurplePansies On May 23, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

My raingow loveliness mix seemed to contain alot of whites.... Dianthus superbus is a great easy care plant for the front of the border.... It is nice to plant where you can enjoy its fragrance.... plants are low to the ground and fragrance is not so strong that it is a strong wafter.... however if you plant en masse you can smell them from a few feet away.... very different fragrance from most dianthus. Not spicy or clovey hardly at all.... powder and perfumery with a lily of the valley note in the background.... smells like a women's perfume.... the blossoms are lovely "frilled" and large compared to some dianthus about silver dollar size around.... Very nice and easy care (in well drained soil) Highly recommended!

Positive saya On Jul 11, 2004, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Rainbow Loveliness was somewhere before the second world war cultivated by the famous Dianthus grower Allwood. Rainbow came from a cross between the classical and wonderfull scented D. Sweet Wivelsfield and Dianthus superbus. Rosemary Verey (1919 2001) tells in her book The Scented Garden "..To me, the ultimate in perfection in garden scents is D. 'Loveliness'..".
I have Rainbow loveliness in my garden too and it's blooming in very pale shades of pink and white. It has truly a lovely scent. When I go out I sometimes put one flower under the button of my coat or blouse and its scent, though the flower has faded, is with me whole day.
I also love her greygreen foliage.

Positive Weezingreens On Aug 30, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Though I find the name a bit fussy, the plant is impressive. This dianthus never fails to winter over in our quirky Southcentral Alaskan climate. The shaggy petals of the blooms look best in groupings, and they are an interesting change of texture around other, larger blooms, such as lilies, that tend to bloom at the same time.

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

Superb pink has narrow mid-green leaves forming an evergreen mat 8-inches wide and up to 18 inches tall. Lilac-pink flowers with deeply fringed petals are produced in mid-summer. The sweet fragrance makes them an excellent choice for cutting.

'Rainbow Loveliness' is a mix of reds, pinks, white and lavender many with contrasting eyes.


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

Seward, Alaska
Barnesville, Georgia
Genoa, Illinois
Westbrook, Maine
Somerville, Massachusetts
Swansea, Massachusetts
Zanesville, Ohio
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Mount Enterprise, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Spokane, Washington

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