Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Amazon Dianthus

I am head over heels in LOVE with this plant!  This is one of those plants that needs to be planted in the fall to get a spring bloom here in Houston.  The plant stays green all winter, and slowly works on its root system and puts off flower buds in early January.  In February and March they all start to open up into large heads of flowers that are show stopping gorgeous!  There are three colors offered this spring: Neon Purple, Neon Cherry, and Rose Magic.  Neon Purple and Cherry are often planted together as a mix called Amazon Neon Duo Dianthus (it may be a mouthful, but the combo is GORGEOUS together!)

Neon Purple

Neon Cherry

Rose Magic

The individual plants work great in a container planting, but my favorite displays are planted in mass where the color blankets a bed.  Amazon Dianthus are considered annuals for us in Houston, but with reseeding, they can act like perennials.  They reach 12-18 inches tall and work very well planted in the back of a bed with pansies in front of them for a border.  Plant these gems in a well drained, full sun area and they will not let you down!  As the season progresses, dead heading the spent flowers will encourage even more blooms to open.

These blooms are just starting to open up here at the nursery in our semi-controlled greenhouse environment.  I haven't seen them opening yet around town, but when they do you can be sure you'll see this plant again in my pictures.  These plants made my day!  How 'bout yours?


  1. This is one annual that I rarely ever use in my own garden. Your enthusiasm has encouraged me to give them another look this year!

  2. My grandmother always grew Dianthus. Can't say I ever have, but the blooms are lovely. I know at least some Dianthus flowers are edible too, wouldn't that add a punch of color to your salad! I might have to give Dianthus a try.

  3. I have noticed that the butterflies and hummingbirds LOVE this plant so I try to always have some around. I haven't tried this variety of dianthus yet. Good pics

  4. I love them, they just don't love me! :o(

  5. Those are really pretty. I will have to keep my eye out for that one!

  6. If I understood what Norman Winter wrote:
    Amazon dianthus is a hybrid of Dianthus barbatus, rather than the annual pinks (D. chinensis) that we used to see at the nurseries. I didn't pay attention to what they had where I shopped today, but they had brightly colored dianthus. I had my eyes on Violas.

    I grow the old-type Dianthus barbatus, which will bloom a little later. Planted from seed in fall, they bloom in spring. I have green plants that look promising, no buds yet. My favorites are the ones that turn out to be auricula-eyed.

  7. Hmm, I wonder if that would do well for me here? They're beautiful!

  8. I like the idea of planting them with pansies!

  9. I always notice these one zone north of me. They sold them at our garden center last year but it would be a waste to buy them here as they do not do well in our humidity. I can see why you like them so much. They are a big flower with lots of color and punch.

  10. i am new here, how so beautiful bold colors. I wonder if we can grow those in the tropics too. Someone above says it is also eaten in salads, great color. I posted in mine the butterfly pea which can be eaten also and they will definitely make a good inviting colorful salad wonder!

  11. I bought these for the past 2 years. They do well in the beginning but it seems as soon as I deadhead the flower, the plant dies. It turns brown and dies completely. What am I doing wrong???


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