Dianthus, China Pinks 'Telstar Picotee'

Dianthus chinensis

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Telstar Picotee
Additional cultivar information:(Telstar series)




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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


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Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage

Other details:

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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:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Cos Cob, Connecticut

Tallahassee, Florida

Macy, Indiana

Marshall, Michigan

Bridgewater, New Jersey

North Augusta, South Carolina

Piedmont, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 30, 2011, laura10801 from Fairfield County, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I just love this little trooper! It has been coming back year after year, just as full and splendid as any annual. It makes a wonderful edger and it is very fragrant. I have it massed along my front walkway, what a pleasure it is to walk out the door and see and smell them. I've divided them once and most of the divisions have survived quite well.


On Jul 18, 2007, ladychroe from Bridgewater, NJ wrote:

A great little plant. I have three, and they are perennial, although one almost didn't make it last winter. I suspect it heaved. It was their third winter.

They have a great spring flush and then bloom a little all summer to frost. There's always at least 3-5 blooms at any time. Sometimes the foliage gets a little ratty and benefits from a cutting back.


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

1989 All America Selection - Short - Plant 10" apart. Zone 5-9 Crimson red flowers with a serrated white edge. Blooms as heavily the first year as any annual Dianthus, yet returns year after year. 6" in height. Extremely long blooming. Shear off old flowering stems and the top couple inches of foliage after blooming. Foliage will quickly recover and look nice, even into winter.