Brilliant Color is Only the Beginning!
More flowers than you can imagine!
Species: x barbatus interspecific
Variety: ‘Rockin’ Red’
Item Form: (P)?Pkt of 10 seeds
Zone: 5 – 8
Bloom Start to End: Early Summer – Late Summer
Seeds Per Pack: 10
Plant Height: 18 in – 24 in
Plant Width: 10 in – 12 in
Bloom Size: 2 in
Additional Characteristics: Bloom First Year,?Butterfly Lovers,?Double Blooms,?Easy Care Plants,?Flower,?Fragrance,?Free Bloomer,?Hummingbird Lovers,?Needs Deadheading,?Repeat Bloomer,?Rose Companions
Bloom Color: Red,?Rose
Foliage Color: Medium Green
Light Requirements: Full Sun,?Part Shade
Moisture Requirements: Dry,?Moist,? well-drained
Resistance: Cold Hardy,?Deer Resistance,?Disease Resistant,?Drought Tolerant,?Heat Tolerant,?Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance: Clay,?Normal,? loamy,?Poor
Uses: Beds,?Border,?Containers,?Cut Flowers,?Outdoor,?Winter Interest
Would you look at this big, tall, bushy Dianthus?! No shrinking violet, it’s as vigorous and determined to bloom as its size would indicate. And the flowers are gorgeous — neatly serrated and suffused with fire-engine-red petals around a small rosy-pink eye. Best of all is that this interspecific hybrid is prepared to overwinter all the way through zone 5 in the north. No more buying new plants for a few years!
Rockin’ Red is a cross of D. barbatus (the beloved Bachelor’s Button) with other species, and it’s got the best merits of all of them. The blooms are incredibly profuse in sunny to partly shaded settings. Cut them for the vase and their subtle clove-like scent really comes into its own indoors; let they stay in the garden and they are a siren for butterflies! So tall, sturdy, and profuse!
And Rockin’ Red backs up all that beauty with superior garden performance. It grows robustly and puts up with environmental challenges from heat and humidity to poor soil, reaching 18 to 24 inches high (seriously!) and up to a foot wide. When winter comes, it will die back in colder areas, but pop right up again in spring! At last, a Dianthus that can survive severe weather like a true perennial!
Deer leave this Dianthus alone, but pollinators adore it! And the seed is easy to start in the Bio Dome indoors in late winter or in the garden after danger of frost. Dianthus likes full sun in the north, dappled or part shade farther south and west. Packet is 10 seeds.