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Common Name: Rainbow Pinks
Botanical Name: Dianthus chinensis (dy-AN-thus chi-NEN-sis)
Decorative Life: 2-4 plus weeks depending on environment.
- Member of the Caryophyllaceae (pink family).
- Native to Central and Eastern China.
- Related species include carnation, baby's breath, lychnis, silene, Sweet William.
- Plant is a biennial or short-lived perennial.
- Classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
- Flowers are 1 inch across, some forms with fringed petals, some with contrasting eye.
- Flowers have some fragrance.
Flower Color: Rose, lilac, pink, scarlet, salmon.
Storage Specifics: Assumed to be 34-38F.
- The scientific name is from the Greek "dios" (divine) and "anthos" (flower).
- In Greek, "dianthus" means the flower of Jove. 'Heddewigii' is a group of compact, free flowering cultivars derived from this species.
- Some favorite cultivars and their respective flower colors include 'Duke' (rose, crimson, violet) and 'Princess' (crimson, pink, purple, salmon, scarlet, white).
- Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but more light (up to filtered full sunlight) would be better.