Dianthus Seeds and Flowers

Dianthus flowers come in a wide variety of brilliance and beauty. There are about 300 species of this colorful flower.
This flower is mainly a perennial herb but some are annual or biennial with some being subshrubs with woody basal stems. The flower has five petals which are usually frilled or pinked margin. The larvae of some lepidoptera species such as the cabbage moth, double striped pug and the lychins use the Dianthus as food. A few of the species of Coleophora case bearers also feed exclusively on the Dianthus. It’s possible the color pink was named after this flower. The Dianthus flower is first referenced in Greek and Roman times. The plant has been grown in Europe then in England and then made it's way to America. It has been used in fragrances, wines, soups, jams and sauces.

Below is the scientific classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceeae
Genus: Dianthus

Dianthus Amurensis “Siberian Blues” which can be seen above grows to about 12 - 15” and has mauve blue flowers.

It does best in normal to sandy conditions. It thrives throughout the continental United States.

This flower has a very long blooming season and is drought tolerant after it is established. Its blooms appear from spring thru fall.

Flower care:

It is good to sow from February to June or from September to October. It's best to sow the seeds on top of a lightly firmed moist compost of pots or in trays and cover them with a very light sprinkling of compost. Then seal the container inside a polythene bag keeping the temperature approximately 59 to 68 degrees fahrenheit. Light helps with germination so do not exclude light. Make sure the surface is moist but not waterlogged. The germination process usually lasts around 14 to 30 days. When large enough move to small pots or trays and plant after risk of frost with plants 12 inches apart. This Dianthus does well in a ordinary well drained soil. With an average amount of water. It likes full sunlight.

Dianthus Zing Rose is also perennial. These Dianthus flowers are a shorter flower than the Siberian Blues and they grow to about a height of 6 inches. It is a brilliant rose mauve colored flower. It’s mature spread is about 12 to 18 inches. It blooms from summer to fall. It also likes a sunny location that is well drained but some shade is ok in the afternoon. Does well along walk paths or rock gardens. Thrivesl thoughtout the continental United States. This Dianthus Zing Rose produces dozens of blooms at a time. It likes a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. Do not mulch this plant or it may rot around the stems. These do tend to attract butterflies. Plant these about 10 inches apart. It has a clove like fragrance.

Dianthus Seeds for Sale

Dianthus Siberian Blues Pack of 20 seeds for $2.49

 

Dianthus Zing Rose Pack of 20 seeds for $2.49

 

Dianthus Zing Salmon Pack of 20 seeds for $2.49

 

Dianthus Sweetness Pack of 20 seeds for $2.49

 

 

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References
Dianthus, Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 2004 Web. 29 December 2012.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus

2004: Year of the Dianthus, National Garden Bureau, Inc. 1311 Butterfield Road, Suite 310, Downers Grove, IL 60515, 8 January, 2013 http://www.ngb.org/year_of/index.cfm?YOID=2

 

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