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Dianthus, Spangled Star
Dianthus, Spangled Star
Description: Dianthus grows 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. Regular watering during prolonged dry spells will be necessary. However, they are tolerant of short periods of dryness. Do a thorough clean-up in the fall to prevent pest and disease problems, and 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. Common Name: Spangled Star Dianthus Scientific Name: Dianthus ‘Spangled Star’ Type: Perennial Exposure: Full Sun – Part Shade Size: 7″ height, 12″ spread Bloom Color: Red with Pink petal margins and blotches Bloom Period: May – July Landscape Use: Accent plant, Mass Groupings, Cut Flower, Border Plant Soil: Fertile, Well-Drained, Slightly Alkaline Zone: 5 – 9 Growth Rate: Moderate Companion Plants: Coral Bells, Geranium, Lambs Ear, Yarrow, Violet, Balloon Flower. Stop by and visit our garden center and nursery to talk with our staff about other plants in stock. Maintenance: Fairly low-maintenance – shear off the blooms for a fresh flush of foliage and flowers. Mature plants should be dug up, cut apart and replanted every few years to promote longevity and prevent disease Fertilizer: Light until established, then use a fairly heavy feeder Attracts: Butterflies & Hummingbirds
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