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China Pinks

Dianthus chinensis

Thomas Jefferson first planted "China pinks" at Shadwell, his birthplace, in 1767 and at Monticello in 1807. Also known as Indian pinks, the species was introduced from China and has been cultivated in Europe and America since the early 18th century. (Lady Skipwith and John Bartram mention this plant in the first half of the 18th century.)  Jefferson grew other various types of Dianthus at Monticello in his 1807 oval flower beds. He lists the carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) and sweet William (Dianthus barbatus).

Also known as "clove pink", this showy annual (or short-lived perennial) has dark-green, grass-like foliage and large single flowers with fringed petals in colorful patterns of pink and crimson to white that bloom from late May until late fall.

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Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
Reds
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
May 25, 2001 to September 2, 2001June 7, 2002 to July 23, 2002May 6, 2003 to July 14, 2003May 5, 2004 to July 12, 2004May 19, 2005 to July 20, 2005April 25, 2006 to July 20, 2006April 30, 2007 to October 5, 2007May 2, 2008 to July 25, 2008May 11, 2009 to October 6, 2009May 10, 2010 to October 15, 2010May 10, 2011 to July 7, 2011May 15, 2013 to July 10, 2013June 15, 2015 to August 1, 2015May 11, 2016 to July 15, 2016May 18, 2017 to November 3, 2017July 18, 2018 to October 17, 2018July 21, 2020

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