| Dianthus 'Neon Star' PP14549
Zones 5 to 9.
Part Sun to Full Sun.
Mature height is 7 inches. Moderate growth rate.
Vivid, fluorescent neon pink 1+ inch flowers above a compact mound of thick, silvery-green, evergreen foliage. This fragrant member of the carnation family is described as an alpine dianthus; 'Neon Star' is actually more complex and an improvement over the species.
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.