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Silver Star Pinks

Dianthus 'Silver Star'

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Silver Star Pinks (Dianthus 'Silver Star') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Dianthus 'Silver Star' flowers

Dianthus 'Silver Star' flowers

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Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  6 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Border Pinks, Cheddar Pinks

Description:

Amazing double flowers are pure white with contrasting deep crimson centers, covering mounds of fine blue-green foliage; great for flower arrangements; deadhead to promote re-blooming; a stunning display for border fronts and containers

Ornamental Features

Silver Star Pinks is smothered in stunning fragrant white frilly flowers with crimson eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves emerge powder blue in spring, turning bluish-green in color the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Star Pinks is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Silver Star Pinks is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Silver Star Pinks will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Silver Star Pinks is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features