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)




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage

Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink



White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Bootjack, California

CARLOTTA, California

Chowchilla, California

Concord, California

Elk Grove, California

Fortuna, California

La Verne, California

Lake Forest, California

Mariposa, California(2 reports)

Walsenburg, Colorado

New Haven, Connecticut

Brandon, Florida

Holiday, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Homer, Georgia

Kailua, Hawaii

Kaneohe Station, Hawaii

Maunawili, 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

Conover, North Carolina

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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!


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.


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)


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 [email protected].


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.


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.


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 plant...it's 3rd move, they are pretty hardy little plants. Allwood's Village Pinks aslo do well, different foliage.


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.


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.