The Dianthus Caryophyllus ‘Hilbeetl’ (Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus) Full Care Guide


The Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus, otherwise known as the Dianthus Caryophyllus ‘Hilbeetl’ or Chinese Pink, Rainbow Pink, Indian Pink, is a rather well known perennial plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its average maintenance and moderate growth, this perennial will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its blue-green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

Fortunately, this is exactly what we’ll cover in this Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus Care Guide. So let’s dive in.

The basic care guidelines you need to remember for your Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus are the following:

  • Water: The Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.
  • Light: Keep your Dianthus Caryophyllus ‘Hilbeetl’ in an environment where it can receive partial to full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus in soil with well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand and loam.

And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.

Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus plants

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus belongs to the Caryophyllaceae family, the genus Dianthus and the species Chinensis, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Dianthus Caryophyllus ‘Hilbeetl’ (dy-AN-thus kar-ee-oh-FIL-us).

As with other Dianthus’s, the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus is an evergreen plant, which means it will be present year round in your garden.

Growing Region

The Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus is a plant native to the Mongolia, Northern China Korea, and and southeastern Russia.

Knowing your plant’s native region is very useful, as it can give you tips on which environment is best for your Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus. If you keep it in mind, you can try to replicate these conditions at home, and you’ll likely end with a healthier plant.

With this in mind, the Dianthus Caryophyllus ‘Hilbeetl’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3.

Growth and Size

Growth

In terms of size and growth, the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.

Size

But, what size of Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…

The Dianthus Caryophyllus ‘Hilbeetl’ can grow up to 6″ – 3′ (15cm – 90cm) in 6″ – 3′ (15cm – 90cm) and 6″ – 1′ (15cm – 30cm) in 6″ – 1′ (15cm – 30cm). 

These dimensions make the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus a relatively medium perennial compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.

Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful mounding shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.

This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 12″ (30cm) free so the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus can spread to its best extent.

Water

In terms of watering, the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat irregular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Dianthus Caryophyllus ‘Hilbeetl’ needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus care

Watering

As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus in soil with well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and occasionally dry properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

However, in our experience, the best solution to knowing the right amount of water for your Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus is with the ‘thumb’ technique. Basically, you insert your finger into the soil, and based if you feel the soil moist or dry, you determine if it needs any water, which is the most appropriate way to go about watering your leafy friend.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus prefers to have soil with good drainage, and occasionally dry properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand and loam.

This is why most experts agree that the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus requires soil with clay, loam (silt), and sand, which will give you the right conditions it needs.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably neutral to alkaline soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus requires partial to full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this perennial will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Dianthus Caryophyllus ‘Hilbeetl’ in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).

Season

Being an evergreen plant, the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus will be present year round in your garden.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (late), the summer (early, mid, late), and during the fall.

Flowers

You can expect your Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus to flower around the spring and in the summer months from April to June (spring), and from July to September (summer).

In particular, this perennial is well known for its repeat flowering, flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus produces some beautiful purple, or red/burgundy, pink and white flowers around this time of year.

Foliage

The leaves from the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus have a beautiful blue-green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a opposite organization in its leaves.

You can expect the leaves from your Dianthus Caryophyllus ‘Hilbeetl’ to be around (1-3 inches) in size.

Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus up close

Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance

The Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus is well known for being able to attract hummingbirds, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

Additionally, it has a special tolerance for dry soil, clay soil, drought and animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Dianthus Caryophyllus ‘Hilbeetl’ will be fine.

Garden

Does your Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus have any garden recommendations? Does it serve any gardening purposes? Here’s how you can get the most out of your new plant.

Most Dianthus Caryophyllus ‘Hilbeetl’ owners agree that this perennial will look great in most cottage gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage styles. 

In particular, the Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus’s best location within your garden is in edging, beds and borders, and in patio and containers, others use it for landscaping in a container, border, or a cutting garden.

Conclusion

Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Sunflor® Beetle Dianthus, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.

Martin Duran

Hey y'all! My name is Martin Duran and I am from Cali, Colombia. Since 2018 I have been learning about plants and how to take care of them. Here's is my journey... “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

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