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PlantFiles: Allwood Pinks, Modern Pinks
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)

Synonym:Dianthus alpinus x allwoodii

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
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
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bluespiral On Jan 30, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

This year, I'm going to split my seed in 2 batches, one to wintersow and the other to sow indoors using a baggy method

Seeds and seedlings of Dianthus allwoodii hate to get too wet - more than most - so, this winter I've decided to make their potting medium of 2 parts perlite, 1 part sand (not too sharp), and 4 parts soilless potting medium. It's not the drainage, as Norman Deno points out in the 2nd edition of his book, Seed Germination Theory and Practice - it's the "aeration." He says that roots are constantly consuming oxygen, and the sand and perlite provide air spaces for it. Playing devil's advocate, he says, "...if drainage were essential, plants could never be grown by hydroponics."

After filling your clean, sterile plastic pots with this medium, he recommends sterilizing it by pouring boiling water over it 3 times, followed by letting the pot drain and cool before sowing seed or transplanting just-germinated seeds into it from the coffee-filter/baggy.

Once your seedlings are strong enough to go into the open ground - don't do it. Yup, if you live where summers are hot and humid and the ground has a lot of clay in it, as we have in Maryland, do not just let them sit in the ground. Oh, they'll survive and flower, but if you plant them in a raised bed where their stems and leaves can cascade down over stone or ramble over a layer of gravel or more stone instead of just flat on the flat ground, they'll spread into a solid sheet of silvery leaves hidden by clove-scented flowers in late May - early June - they don't even look like the same plant that's just sitting in the ground. And, don't forget to plant iris behind them - the two were made for each other in heaven.

Positive Paulwhwest On Apr 16, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I got this plant a couple of years ago from a local nursery, and the following year it bloomed profusely and had grown to three or four times the size it was when I bought it. I highly recommend this plant.

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

Allwood Pinks are a the result of crossing an old fashioned carnation with Dianthus plumarius. The flowers come in colorful combinations of red, pink, white and many have contrasting eyes and fringed petals. They prefer a well drained soil and are best grown in full sun. Cut plants back after flowering and they may reward you with a second flush of blooms. Some popular cultivars are 'Doris' (a very pale salmon pink), 'Constance' (a white with maroon lacing), and the 'Telstar Hybrids' (a stunning mixture of bright colors


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

Seward, Alaska
Parker, Colorado
Barnesville, Georgia
Bradford, Illinois
Ellicott City, Maryland
Springfield, Missouri
Belfield, North Dakota
Pembina, North Dakota
Molalla, Oregon
Irving, Texas
Petersburg, Virginia

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