Plant Type: Perennials
Scented flowers of the richest, deepest crimson with dark green tinged with purple leaves. Once they've finished flowering cut right back and leave for even better flowers in the second year. A tasteful addition to any garden. The color seems to go with everything, especially white and pink flowers.
Growing & Maintenance Tips:
Dianthus grow best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Lime can be added to the soil if it is naturally acidic to raise the pH. Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas. Regular watering during prolonged dry spells will be necessary. However, they are tolerant of short periods of dryness. Do a thorough clean-up in the fall to prevent pest and disease problems, and add a layer of mulch to protect the evergreen foliage.
Flower ColorDark red/Almost Black
Foliage ColorDark green tinged with purple
Plant Spread10 in.
Plant Height18-20 in.
Soil MoistureLow to average water needs
Characteristics & Attributes
Cut flower or foliage, Fragrant, Border, Mass Plant, Container, Drought tolerant, Dried flower
Bloom TimeEarly summer/Fall
Critter ResistanceDeer resistant