Dianthus chinensis

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Dianthus chinensis
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A naturalized Pink in Korea
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, commonly known as fainbow pink[1] or China pink (Chinese: 石竹 shi zhu) is a species of Dianthus native to northern China, Korea, Mongolia, and southeastern Russia.[2]

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.[2]

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.[3]


  1. ^ English Names for Korean Native Plants (PDF). Pocheon: Korea National Arboretum. 2015. p. 439. ISBN 978-89-97450-98-5. Retrieved 25 January 2016 – via Korea Forest Service. 
  2. ^ a b Flora of China: Dianthus chinensis
  3. ^ Huxley, A., ed. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. Macmillan ISBN 0-333-47494-5.