Facts about Dianthus Flower (Plant), Family Caryophyllaceae. Dianthus Flower (Plant) comes in annuals, perennials and biennials varieties, but each of these owns a special place in the garden. The perennial one is the heirloom pinks our grandmother grew. Dianthus is the name of the genus and the species name is allocated according to the lifecycle of the breed.
Some common names of Dianthus Plant
1 Cheddar Pinks (England)
2 Gilly Flower
3 Sweet William (The biennial Dianthus is mostly called by this name)
4 Clove Pinks
5 Hardy carnation
6 "Ideal Violet" hybrid dianthus
7 'Arctic Fire'
maiden pinks Adaptation to soil conditions and climates varies between varieties. The plant grows up to 5 inches to 3 feet (12.7 cm to .91 meters) tall. The Dianthus Flower (Plant) need full exposure to sun. Flowers bloom to the heaviest amount in the spring and in some cases, a little re-bloom may be seen towards the fall.
Most of the Dianthus Flower (Plant) come with unique bluish-grey foliage. The foliage brings a showy look in itself when the flowers are not there. The leaves are narrow, just a little wider than the grass. The Dianthus Flower (Plant) acquires a mounded shape and an erect or a trailing habit for growth propagation.
The Dianthus Flower when blooming can be single or double, but flowers of all varieties have jagged edged petals in same pattern. The bloom can be white, lilac, red and all possible varieties of pink in color.
Varieties of Dianthus Flower, Arctic Fire Dianthus (Plant)
This Dianthus (Plant) features the contrasting eye that is common in the biennial varieties. This is best suited for zone 3.
Firewitch Dianthus (Plant)
This species has been cultivated and given a chance to rejuvenate gardens’ appearances since 1957. The flowers are pure pinkish; some even call it as “hot pink”. This Dianthus (Plant) was awarded as Perennial Plant of the Year in 2006 and since then, its popularity exploded by 100 folds.
First Love Dianthus (Plant)
This is a very unique variety of Dianthus Dianthus (Plant) that can have both white and pink blossoms at the same time. The blooming is quite repetitive.
Rose De Mai Dianthus (Plant)
Only variety with a fragrant heirloom. Blossoms are lilac in color.