- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 4 - 8
- Height: 6 inches
- Bloom Season: Summer
- Bloom Color: Mix
- Environment: Full sun
- Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.0 - 7.2
- Deer Resistant: Yes
- Temperature: 68F
- Average Germ Time: 7 - 21 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Seeds must be covered thinly
- Sowing Rate: Approximately 200 seeds covers 5 square feet or 2 - 3 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 12 inches
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- Care & Maintenance: See: Dianthus
Dianthus (Dianthus Plumarius Sweetness) - Dianthus Sweetness flowers for months on compact, mat-forming, evergreen, plants. This perennial easily grows from Dianthus Plumarius seed, so make room in your garden for this beautiful flower! From its wide range of colors, everything from nearly white to deep carmine, with all hues of pink in between, to its super-abundant bloom season, Dianthus Plumarius Sweetness lives up to its name in garden glory.
The fringed, dark-eyed blooms of this Dianthus are about 1 inch wide, set atop foliage that reaches just 4 inches high. Radiantly bright, these flowers would be eye-catching even if they didn't lure you in by the nose first, their sweet floral scent absolutely irresistible. Bees and butterflies find them irresistible. Dianthus plumaris makes a good cut flower as well.
Dianthus Sweetness spreads about a foot wide in the sunny garden making it a popular fast growing ground cover plant. Its grass-like gray-green foliage forms a dense, weed-choking mat that serves as an effective ground cover in large plantings. It needs full sunshine and good soil drainage, but other than that is quite unfussy about conditions. It makes a good erosion-prevention plant on slopes and banks, and is a lovely edging, front-of-the-border standout, and a good container choice as well.
Sow Dianthus flower seeds indoors 4 - 6 weeks before last frost. Use sterile starter mix, and sow the Dianthus seed on top, covering lightly with soil. Transplant seedlings outdoors after frost season has passed. For directly sowing Dianthus ground cover seeds outdoors, wait until danger of frost is over, and directly sow Dianthus seed into prepared beds. Lightly cover and keep seeds moist.