| Dianthus 'Spangled Star' PP13029
Zones 5 to 9.
Full Sun to partial sun.
Mature height is 7 inches. Spreads to 7 inches wide.
Compact growth, and abundant flowering with extended bloom period.
An intricate pattern of red and pink is embroidered upon these unique flowers. Petals are scarlet red accented by pale pink serrated edges, throats, and blotches (2 per petal). Flowers bloom singly stems rising slightly above the grey-green foliage mound. Flowers most prolific in early summer, plants often rebloom in the fall.
Dianthus grow best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Lime can be added to the soil if it is naturally acidic to raise the pH. Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas. Tolerant of short periods of drought, roots do not like to stay damp.
In colder zones, add a layer of mulch to protect the evergreen foliage. As soon as the weather begins to warm up, remove all of this mulch to prevent crown rot.
Excellent as a border plant, in mass or containers, as cut flower or foliage, dried flower or seed heads, salt tolerant. With the scent of clove, this fragrant member of the carnation family flowers attracts butterflies. Deer resistant.