DIANTHUS chinensis (Chinese Pinks, Mixed) is a species of flowering plant in the Caryophyllaceae family. The Mixed cultivar of Dianthus chinensis encompasses a diverse assortment of colors and variations within the species. This annual or biennial plant is appreciated for its colorful and fragrant blooms.
Chinese Pinks typically grow to a height of about 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) and produce compact mounds of foliage. The stems are slender and bear multiple flowers, creating a vibrant and charming display when in bloom. Their relatively small size makes them suitable for containers, borders, and edging.
The flowers of Dianthus chinensis 'Mixed' are the main attraction of this cultivar. They are usually single or double, and the colors vary widely, encompassing shades of pink, red, white, purple, and occasionally bicolor combinations. Each flower has five petals with serrated edges, forming a characteristic ruffled appearance. The Mixed cultivar offers a delightful assortment of flower colors and patterns, creating an eye-catching and diverse display.
Chinese Pinks are known for their pleasant fragrance, which is often described as sweet, spicy, or clove-like. The fragrance adds an extra element of sensory delight to the garden and makes these flowers popular for cut flower arrangements or perfumes.
The foliage of Chinese Pinks consists of slender, lance-shaped leaves that are typically medium to dark green. The leaves form dense clumps, providing an attractive backdrop to the colorful flowers. They remain evergreen or semi-evergreen in mild climates, adding year-round interest to the garden.
Caring for Chinese Pinks is relatively straightforward. They prefer full sun exposure to promote optimal flowering but can tolerate partial shade. Well-drained soil is important to prevent root rot. Regular watering is necessary, particularly during dry periods, but overwatering should be avoided. Deadheading spent flowers can help promote continuous blooming and maintain a neat appearance.
Dianthus chinensis 'Mixed' Chinese Pinks add a delightful array of colors and fragrances to gardens and landscapes. Their compact size, vibrant flowers, and diverse color palette make them versatile and beloved additions to containers, borders, and other sunny areas. With their abundance of blooms and enticing fragrance, Chinese Pinks create a lively and charming atmosphere in any outdoor setting.
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Scientific Name: Dianthus Chinensis
Common Name: Chinese Pink, Rainbow Pink
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: China
Full Growth Height: 12-16"
Zone: 6 to 9
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Blooming Season: Spring(Late), Summer (Early, Mid, Late), Fall
Attracts: Humming Birds
Flower Color: Red, Purple, White, Pink
Resistant: Drought, Deer, Clay Soil, Dry Soil
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Well-drained, Sand, Loam
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
Garden Uses: Borders, Containers, Edging, Cottage Gardens