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DESCRIPTION: Vivid flowers are bright red with deep dark red centres, above mounds of fine foliage; great for flower arrangements; deadhead to re-bloom; pair up with summer blooming perennials and annuals to time a continued flower display.
BOTANICAL NAME: Dianthus x 'Eastern Star'
OTHER NAMES: Border Pinks, Cheddar Pinks, Pinks
GROUP/CLASS: Whetman Star Series
AVERAGE HEIGHT: 20 cm
AVERAGE SPREAD: 30 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Red with dark red centre
FLOWERING TIME: Spring
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Blue-green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attractive Foliage, Attracts Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Border, Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Fragrant, Groundcover
Eastern Star Dianthus is smothered in stunning fragrant red frilly flowers with dark red centers at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves remain bluish-green in colour throughout the year.
Eastern Star Dianthus is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Eastern Star Dianthus is recommended for the following landscape applications:
Planting & Growing
Eastern Star Dianthus will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 5 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Eastern Star Dianthus is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception.
*We must be contacted within 7 days of delivery and plants must be taken care of, unplanted and watered until we can pick them up.
**Cedars & Perennials only come with an in-season warranty only. Warranty does not apply to frost damage, hail damage, wind damage or any other acts of mother nature. Plants must be properly planted, properly watered and cared for. Warranty only applies to items purchased at full price or to a maximum discount of 10% unless otherwise specified.