Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Fire Star Pinks

Dianthus 'Devon Xera' PP14,895
Those afraid of color need not apply. Intense!
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Where’s the fire? In your landscape! Fire Star Pinks covers itself in the most intense crimson-red blooms, you’ll think your garden is ablaze. The vivid blossoms open in abundance in late spring, often reblooming throughout summer and into fall in fiery flushes. When the blooms finally peter out, you’re left with a neat carpet of handsome foliage. The cool blue-green leaves hold on to their good looks throughout the year, making this dapper Spirit a wise choice for high-visibility areas that can’t afford to have an off-season. Use Fire Star Pinks to dress up your sunny entryway, patio, or poolside plantings—or anywhere you want to create some heat!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

Pinks are a group of perky Spirits found mostly in Europe and Asia. Although many of them have pink flowers, you might be surprised to learn that that’s not the reason for their name. Pinks get their name from the jagged edges of their petals—the blooms look like they’ve been cut with pinking shears! Fire Star is the result of a long, patient breeding program started by British nurseryman John Whetman. To produce the plant, he let bees pollinate the magnificent Neon Star Pinks, and he raised a crop of seedlings from the marriage (the baby daddy was unknown). Fire Star stood out for its intense color, large flowers, long bloom time, neat habit, and vigorous growth. It was introduced to the U.S. market in 2003.

The Details

A natural with rockwork, Fire Star Pinks is just the thing to top a stone wall. Its frilly red flowers and grassy, blue-green foliage make a pleasing contrast with hardscapes. Planting Fire Star on top of a retaining wall will also bring its lightly fragrant blooms closer to nose level!

How to Grow

Fire Star Pinks is an easy Spirit to grow, provided a few basic needs are met. First, this plant loves full sun. A southern or western exposure will give it the bright light it craves. Second, it requires well-drained soil. No wet feet for this one. Fire Star Pinks has low water needs once established, and it tolerates moderate periods of drought with no ill effects. Shear off the spent flowers to encourage new ones to form. The evergreen plants hold up well through all but the worst winters. If any unsightly foliage appears, remove it prior to new growth in early spring.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 6-9"
Avg Mature Width 6-12"
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Gray Green
Bloom Time Summer
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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