Rainbow Pinks – Dianthus chinensis

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Rainbow Pinks – Dianthus chinensis

Common Name: Rainbow Pinks

Botanical Name: Dianthus chinensis, dy-AN-thus chi-NEN-sis

Decorative Life: 2-4 plus weeks depending on environment.

Flower Color:


Family Roots:
  • 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.
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.