This showy, short-lived perennial, often grown as an annual, bears single to semi-double, mixed-color flowers from early June until late fall, and has dark-green, grass-like foliage. Thomas Jefferson planted China Pinks along his winding flower border in 1807, along with Sweet Williams and Carnations. Although it's fringed petals resemble the perennial Fringed Pink (D. superbus), this species has no fragrance. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.
Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date at 60˚F. Transplant to 3" pots once they have several true leaves, then harden off and transplant outdoors after last frost. Prefers afternoon shade in warmer climates. Approximately 85-90 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Size at Maturity||Zone|
|Full Sun to Light Shade||Transplant||Surface Sow||12-15" apart||12-16"H||6-9|