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Hollinshead Water-wise Garden Plants

Photo:

Pinks

Latin Name:

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Red Beauty'

Mat-forming, numerous, fragrant, usually solitary flowers (each to 1" diameter) atop wiry stems rising above a tufted mound of grassy foliage to as much as 6 inches

Taxon ID#

26

MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Level:

Low

Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:

3

Sun Preference:

Full Sun

Water Preference:

M

Soil Preference:

Well-drained; sandy or gravelly; slightly alkaline preferred; tolerates salt

Fertilizer Needs:

Too much fertilizer promotes lush growth that may produce gaps in the plant

Recommended Mulch:

Family:

Caryophyllaceae

Origins:

Plant Type:

Herbaceous Plant, Perennial

Southwest England (Cheddar Valley), east to Poland & Ukraine

Oregon native:

no

Western state native:

no

PLANT DESCRIPTION

Foliage Color:

Gray-Green

Foliage Description:

Glaucous, grass-like linear leaves

Fragrant:

yes

Predominant flower color:

Red

Flower Description:

Small to 1 inch diameter, pinking-sheer edged petals

Fall color:

no

Fall Color Description:

Winter Foliage:

Winter Interest:

no

Winter Interest Description:

Mature height:

6-8"

Mature spread:

18-20"

Growth rate:

Medium

LANDSCAPE APPLICATION

Deer Resistant:

yes

Fire Resistant:

yes

Attracts Pollinators:

yes

Attracts Butterflies:

yes

Native Habitat:

Attracts Birds:

no

Cut/Dried Flowers:

no

Photo:

Used by Wildlife:

no

Hedge/Screen:

no

Swales:

no

Wildlife Use:

Border:

yes

Erosion Control:

no

Windbreak:

no

Cover Structures:

no

Ground Cover:

yes

Provides Shade:

no

Rock Garden:

yes

Adds Texture/Movement:

yes

First Bloom:

May

Last Bloom:

Aug

Ornamental Accent:

no

Garden Observations:

SEASONAL CARE

Spring Care:

Prune diseased, dead, damaged; deadhead flowers back to foliage for re-bloom

Summer Care:

Prune diseased, dead, damaged; deadhead flowers?back to foliage for re-bloom

Fall Care:

Prune diseased, dead, damaged; deadhead flowers?back to foliage for re-bloom

Winter Care:

Prune diseased, dead, damaged

Long Term Care:

Every few years divide in early spring, just as the new growth begins to appear; otherwise, it tends to be a short-lived perennial

Insect Pests:

Aphids, thrips, mites

Wildlife Pests:

Rabbit

Diseases:

Alternaria blight, Fusarium & Bacterial wilts, gray mold, stem rot, leaf spots, rusts, viruses

Environmental Problems:

Tolerates moderate amount of salt

Landscape Problems:

Care Comments:

Deadhead quickly after flower fades to aid in rebloom; to protect from rot, do not overwater

RESOURCES

OSU Landscape Profile:

USDA Plants:

Calscape Database:

LBJ Native Plant Database:

Missouri Botanical Garden Database:

Monrovia Profile:

Alternate Source 1:

Alternate Source 2:

Source Comment:

George & Vickie Minor
Whistle Stop Farm & Flowers
Empire Stone
Instant Landsc
ape
McPheeter's Turf
High Desert Farms Nursery Sales

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