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It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 30–50 cm tall. The leaves are green to greyish green, slender. The flowers are white, pink, red or lilac, etc, 3–4 cm diameter, produced singly or in small clusters from spring to mid summer. 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
They are best grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun, but appreciate some afternoon shade in hot summer weather
It is a species of Dianthus native to northern China, Korea, Mongolia, and southeastern Russia. They are sometime described as cool weather annuals because they thrive in cool summers, but dislike the hot and humid summers.