Heart Attack Dianthus

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An Exciting, Long-Blooming Display

Seeing a Heart Attack Dianthus in bloom will overwhelm you with such excitement that you’ll have a “heart attack”…at least that’s the idea!  While this remarkable biennial won’t actually give you a heart attack, it’s sure to thrill you with its breathtaking display.  The show begins with a profusion of deep red blooms appear in spring, accompanied by foliage that begins red.  

Each petite, velvety blossom features serrated edges for a soft, fluffy appearance and is dotted with the slightest hint of a white stamen at the center. The dramatic color joins with glossy, dark green foliage and a subtle fragrance to draw in pollinators.  Butterflies, hummingbirds and bees flutter amid the adorable blossoms, adding to Heart Attack’s allure.  Heart Attack will maintain a showy display for 8-10 weeks, a remarkable value in a blooming perennial. 

Your Heart Attach Dianthus will grow up to two feet tall with a one foot spread.  It’s adaptive to a variety of soils and generally easy to care for.  Heart Attack doesn’t require deadheading, but a gentle sheering will certainly encourage an even more aggressive bloom and tighter form. Plant several of these for a bright little border along your sidewalk. You could also place one in your perennial bed as an accent, or plant a few in containers around taller plants for a full display.

Unlike other varieties, Heart Attack Dianthus tends more toward perennial than biennial, providing a longer period of enjoyment.  It’s a beautiful little plant that will fill your yard with weeks of deep red color this year.

* Brilliant, fragrant flowers
* Good groundcover and container plant
* Heat tolerant
* Rabbit resistant


Heart Attack Dianthus Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
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Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Dianthus 'Heart Attack'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 20 to 24 inches
Mature Spread 10 to 12 inches
Soil Type Widely adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Red