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Dianthus amurensis 'Siberian Blues'

Dianthus amurensis 'Siberian Blues'
Amur pink

Synonym(s) Dianthus chinensis
Common name Amur pink
Family caryophyllaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers violet-blue (summer)
Size 6-12"
Light sun
Cultural notes average garden soil with good drainage
From seed germinate at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-September

Not really blue, but closer to blue than most other pinks. Lots of fringed blooms from early to mid summer over a clump of loose dark green narrow foliage. We like to tuck it into tight corners here and there, and now also feature it in the rock garden. Botanist have apparently shoved D. amurensis in with D. chinensis, but to me it's a sufficiently distinct plant that I'm maintaining it under its old name, separate from the shorter-living D. chinensis (usually grown as an annual around here).

Dianthus amurensis 'Siberian Blues'

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from trade. Baggy, 70F with light (50%G, 3-23d
  2. Seed garden '02. Baggy, 70F with light (97%G, 6-10d)
  3. Seed garden '02. Baggy, 70F, no light (100%G, 4d)
  4. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (92%G, 4-7d)
  5. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (87%G, 4-7d)
  6. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 70F (93%G, 4-7d)
  7. Seed from '12 garden. Baggy 70F (77%G, 4-8d)
  8. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (67%G, 4-8d)

Conclusion: light doesn't appear to be necessary.

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