Dianthus chinensis

Dianthus chinensis
Dianthus chinensis
China Pink in cultivation
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Dianthus
Species: D. chinensis
Binomial name
Dianthus chinensis

Dianthus chinensis (China Pink; Chinese: 石竹 shi zhu) is a species of Dianthus native to northern China, Korea, Mongolia, and southeastern Russia.[1]

It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 30–50 cm tall. The leaves are green to greyish green, slender, 3–5 cm long and 2–4 mm broad. The flowers are white, pink, or red, 3–4 cm diameter, produced singly or in small clusters from spring to mid summer.[1]

It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant, both in China and elsewhere across temperate regions of the world; numerous cultivars have been selected for garden use.[2]


  1. ^ a b Flora of China: Dianthus chinensis
  2. ^ Huxley, A., ed. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. Macmillan ISBN 0-333-47494-5.

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