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PlantFiles: Dianthus, China Pinks
Dianthus chinensis

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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8 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive croclover On Jul 1, 2006, croclover from Lake Forest, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Does well in full sun in the heat! A nice alternative to the run of the mill Marigolds in everyone's flower beds in the Summer. Only negative is that you must dead head, dead head, and then dead head some more!

Positive pineapplesage On May 1, 2006, pineapplesage from Pewaukee, WI wrote:

This are back and bigger than ever in my zone 5 garden. An easy plant that requires little care.

Positive collincountytx On Feb 15, 2006, collincountytx from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I'm in zone 8, ammended clay soil, with full sun. The plants have performed better than any other flowering perennial in my garden. They practically bloom all year (scant in late December/early Jan.) Magnificent, florid blooms in early spring to early summer. Beautiful greenish blue foliage when not blooming as much. Plants have benefitted from deadheading and trimming to four inches (with scissors) after periods of heavy bloom. Have also thinned out some woody growth. Their growth has pleasantly spread (not invasive). The best plants at my house. Super easy to care for. Sporadically fertilized (twice a year)

Positive jotaito On Jul 9, 2005, jotaito from Dayton, OH wrote:

Plants are beautiful and growing well in partially shaded area so far. First experience with them. Wondering what is normal. Planted this spring (2005) while in bloom. Seems to have done well but after first round of blooms I notice the new buds are turning black or dark brown. Some of the blooms in progress seem to turn dark and die-off. Does anyone know what this means? What should I be doing? Someone suggested "dead-headding". Looks like the new buds are not surviving. Have saved old bloom pods for the seeds later, maybe next year. Comments would be appreciated to

Positive Gindee77 On May 18, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Dianthus attract hummingbirds to our garden. I love the diversity of color, they make great plants for flowerboxes.

Positive JaxFlaGardener On Mar 13, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I was surprised to see such a limited range for hardiness zones for this plant. I got several clumps of multicolors when I was formerly working for a local landscaper and we thinned out the planting for a customer. They have thrived and multiplied as a perennial in my NE Fla garden, staying green through the winter, and having a few blooms year round. They are currently coming into their seasonal heyday for their period of most profuse blooming. It may be that I have a different species? but they look the same as pictured here.

I have them in full sun and I water them frequently during our hot summers. I greatly enjoy them and will be transplanting them to other borders of my garden as they continue to spread.

Positive punaheledp On Jul 11, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

dianthus do nicely in Hawaii, Zone 11. My red telstar has been blooming for over a year til just recently. Just moved it today as think it was getting too much shade from nearby's 3rd move, they are pretty hardy little plants. Allwood's Village Pinks aslo do well, different foliage.

Positive haleygem On Jun 20, 2003, haleygem from Saugus, MA wrote:

I have various Pinks growing and they are perennials in the NE zone 6 area. They are very haerdy and double in size each year. Very easy to split and replant. Deadheading can make them rebloom.

Neutral Sis On Aug 10, 2001, Sis wrote:

This biennial or short-lived perennial is usally grown as an annual.

Cultivars:Telstar-white,pink,red and bicolors on 6-8in.(15-20cm)tall stems.
Snowfire-white,fringed flowers with a red center. Grows to 8in.(20cm)tall.


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

Bootjack, California
Carlotta, California
Chowchilla, California
Concord, California
Elk Grove, California
Fortuna, California
La Verne, California
Lake Forest, California
Walsenburg, Colorado
New Haven, Connecticut
Brandon, Florida
Holiday, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Homer, Georgia
Kailua, Hawaii
Twin Falls, Idaho
Hampton, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Quincy, Illinois
Richmond, Indiana
Tipton, Indiana
Westbrook, Maine
Prince Frederick, Maryland
Saugus, Massachusetts
Garden City, Michigan
Turner, Michigan
Batesville, Mississippi
Franklin, New Hampshire
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Grassy Creek, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Dayton, Ohio (2 reports)
Mount Orab, Ohio
Xenia, Ohio
Owasso, Oklahoma
Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Manchester, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
El Paso, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Ogden, Utah
Kalama, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
Hartford, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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