Rainbow Pinks – Dianthus chinensis Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now 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: Pink Availability: Year Round 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. Personality: 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. Tidbits: 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.