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Dianthus F1 'Supra Purple'

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'Supra Purple' fills garden space with color. This dianthus is a cross between various species and the result is a strong plant that will flower under hot summer growing conditions. 'Supra Purple' plants remain under a foot in height, but they are vigorous and continue flowering through the growing season. The growing season in the South could be fall and early winter. A long flowering period was one of the superior traits observed by AAS Judges. 'Supra Purple' plants adapt to different growing conditions. They are recommended for containers and rock gardens. They will add continuous bloom to a perennial border, which may need more color. 'Supra Purple' was tested as an annual and won the award based on the first year performance, but similar to other dianthus, it may over winter and flower next spring.

The 'Supra Purple' single flowers have highly fringed petal edges which are perfect for decorations. Add them to salads, bouquets, or float some on water for an eye-catching centerpiece. The color is closer to a rosy-purple than the dark, almost black-purple, seen on some plants. 'Supra Purple' may become one of your favorite new annuals.

AAS WINNER DATA

Genus species: Dianthus interspecific

  • Common name: Dianthus, China Pink

  • Unique qualities: New flower color and heat tolerance

  • Flower size: 1 1/2 inches

  • Form: Single with highly fringed petal edges

  • Color(s): Purple (towards rosy-purple)

  • Plant height: 11-12 inches

  • Width: 10 inches

  • Garden Spacing: 10-12 inches

  • Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 12 weeks

  • Closest comparison(s) on market: 'Purple Bouquet,' 'Telstar Purple'

Photo: Judy Sedbrook

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Date last revised: 01/05/2010