This scarlet beauty carries a bounty of blooms atop 15-20" stems, blooming for months from late spring into early fall. It is a real prize in the garden as well as in long-lasting, delicately scented bouquets. 12-18" spread. Ships in a 3" pot. Dianthus 'Desmond'
Botanical Name: Dianthus 'Desmond'
Common Name: Carnation
Root System: Fibrous
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: Flower stems 15"- 20", foliage 4" - 6"
Spread: 10" - 12"
Spacing: 12" - 24"
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Flowering Date: Late spring to early fall.
Duration: Several months.
Type of Fruit: n/a
Cut Flowers: Yes
Dried Flowers: No
Shipping Season: both Spring & Fall
Unique Characterstics: Old fashioned favorite loved for their prolific, fragrant flowers. They are perfect for front of the border situations and to group in small clusters. The foliage forms an attractive mat that provides interest before and after the flower display. A well drained soil is important for best growth.
Flower Color: Vivid scarlet Red.
Flower Form: Single to double.
Foliage Type: Long narrow, needle-like, gray-green, evergreen in many areas.
Fragrance: Mild, spicy.
Resistance: Good to P & D problems
Pruning: Cut off all spent blossoms to encourage repeat blooming.
Pruning Time: After flowering
Soil Requirement: Moist and well drained - slightly alkaline.
Additional Information: Short lived perennials, must be sited in well drained organic soils for best results.
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"I bought 6 last fall. Four made it through the winter. One of those died this spring--dogs bathroom too close. The 3 that have survived are growing like mad, but it doesn't look like I'll be getting any blooms this year. So far none. I am being patient. I have bought many plants from Springhill that take awhile to establish. The next season, when I get blooms, I end up with my foot in my mouth. I hope these do the same. The leaves are beautiful, though."
"My plant is on its 3rd year. Although it hasn't gotten very big, it is blossoming nicely. I also had one in a big roasting pan. I was amazed that it made it through one winter as plants ususally have to be in the ground to make it through a Maine winter! It didn't make the 2nd winter in the pan. I love the bright red. I'm getting more as I have a few other spots I want to try it."
"Planted these in full sun about two months ago and now beautiful red carnations are blooming! Very hardy plant, too. Adds great color in my garden. One of my favorite plants."
These carnations are beautiful year round. I have had some in my garden for 2 years now and they always look great. They are very easy to care for. I like them so much I am ordering more.