What are May pinks?

What are May pinks?

Dianthus flowers (Dianthus spp.) are also called “pinks.” They belong to a family of plants which includes carnations, and are characterized by the spicy fragrance the blooms emit. Dianthus plants may be found as a hardy annual, biennial or perennial and most often used in borders or potted displays.

Do pinks flower every year?

Some of the very old-fashioned pinks might not flower more than once a year. In autumn cut back the faded blooms and any leaves that look scruffy. Lightly trim the foliage to encourage fresh growth.

How long do pinks bloom for?

Quick Reference Growing Chart

Bloom Time: May-July, may rebloom after deadheading
Exposure: Full sun, provide light afternoon shade in hot regions
Time to Maturity: 60-90 days from seed
Spacing: 6-18 inches, depending on cultivar
Planting Depth: Seeds: 1/4 inch Seedlings: 4-6 inches

Is Dianthus annual or perennial?

Dianthus are perennial, annual, or biennial plants with feathery silver-green or blue-gray leaves, usually forming a tight mound or mat. Dianthus flowers rise from two inches up to two feet above the leaves, sometimes leaning a little lazily as they stretch toward the sun.

What kind of plant has pink flowers on it?

Dianthus flowers (Dianthus spp.) are also called “pinks.” They belong to a family of plants which includes carnations and are characterized by the spicy fragrance the blooms emit. Dianthus plants may be found as a hardy annual, biennial or perennial and most often used in borders or potted displays.

What happens to pink flowers when out of season?

Pinks can darken or lighten. Marginal lacing can merge forming a single colour or just leaving an irregular blotch in the centre of the petal. Conversely single colours can break up into patterns. Other variations, particularly in size, can often be seen in the odd flowers that appear out of season.

How did the color pink get its name?

The color pink may be named after the flower, coming from the frilled edge of the flowers: the verb “to pink” dates from the 14th century and means “to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern”.

What’s the name of the pink flower in Scotland?

It is also known as the ‘Montrose Pink’ after the house in Scotland where it originated in about 1720. This is a semi-double with fringed petals having a dark pink ground with an even darker pink (damson is the colour usually quoted) central eye. It is one of the earliest to flower and has a relatively long flowering period.