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A picture of a Chinese Pink

Chinese Pink

Dianthus chinensis

Also known as

Indian Pink, Annual Pink, Sweet William, China Pink, Japanese Pink, Dianthus, Pink, Rainbow Pink

Dianthus chinensis korea 2010 by Jjw (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H7-H5

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20cm

Max

20cm

15cm

Min

15cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Chinese Pink

Some Dianthus chinensis flowers
Some red and white Dianthus chinensis flowers with green leaves
A photo of Chinese Pink
A photo of Chinese Pink

Chinese Pink Overview

Compact and low-growing, Dianthus chinensis has very large, showy, single flowers with serrated petals. Colours include pink, red, purple, white and bicoloured combinations of these shades. Flowers have a clove-jasmine scent and are ideal for the fragrant sensory garden. Although this species is perennial, they are more often grown as biennials as they are relatively short-lived.

Common problems with Chinese Pink

Susceptible to aphids and slugs, bait slugs with beer traps and encourage natural predators for aphid control

How to harvest Chinese Pink

Seeds are harvested as the seed capsules dry and open.

How to propagate Chinese Pink

Seed

Sow seed early in spring.

Cuttings

Propagate perennials by layering or from cuttings in summer; annuals and biennials from seed in autumn or early spring.

Layering

Special features of Chinese Pink

Pot plant

Well suited to containers.

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Chinese Pink

Beds, containers and window boxes, fragrance.