Pink Dianthus 'Hannah Louise' (b)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
border carnation 'Hannah Louise'


Dianthus 'Hannah Louise' is a showy flowering plant known for its striking blossoms and lush foliage. The flowers of 'Hannah Louise' are particularly captivating, often featuring a mix of bright pink to deep rose tones that may create an enchanting gradient effect on the petals. Each bloom typically showcases a frilled or serrated edge, adding an extra level of intricacy to the floral display. The flowers exude a sweet, spicy fragrance that adds to their appeal and can attract the senses of garden visitors or passers-by. The foliage of 'Hannah Louise' provides a lovely contrast to its vibrant flowers. The leaves are slender, with a bluish-green or grayish-green hue, and they often form a dense, low-growing mat or clump that functions as an attractive ground cover. The overall look of Dianthus 'Hannah Louise' is one of elegance and romantic charm, making it a popular choice for ornamental gardens, borders, and as an accent in mixed flower beds.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Sweet William, Carnation, Pinks

    • Common names

      Dianthus 'Hannah Louise'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Dianthus 'Hannah Louise', commonly known as pinks, is not considered toxic to humans. These plants are generally regarded as safe, and there are no widely recognized symptoms of poisoning from ingesting parts of this plant. Accidental ingestion should not lead to serious consequences, but as with any non-food plant, individual allergies or reactions could occur.

    • To pets

      The pinks, as Dianthus 'Hannah Louise' is more commonly known, is not considered toxic to pets either. It is generally safe for cats and dogs, and ingestion typically does not cause any serious illness or symptoms of poisoning. However, while not poisonous, consuming large amounts of plant material may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some pets due to the fiber content or individual sensitivities.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 feet 6 inches (46 cm)

    • Spread

      1 feet (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: The Dianthus 'Hannah Louise' adds vibrant color and visual interest to garden spaces with its attractive blooms.
    • Pleasant Fragrance: This plant emits a delightful scent that can enhance the sensory experience of any garden or landscape.
    • Attracts Pollinators: It attracts beneficial insects like bees and butterflies, supporting pollination in the garden.
    • Low Maintenance: Dianthus 'Hannah Louise' is known for being easy to care for, requiring minimal upkeep once established.
    • Drought Resistance: Once established, this plant has good drought tolerance, making it suitable for xeriscaping or areas with water restrictions.
    • Long Blooming Period: It often has a lengthy flowering season, providing long-lasting color and interest in the landscape.
    • Versatility: Suitable for a range of garden designs, including borders, rock gardens, and containers.
    • Cold Hardy: This plant can withstand cooler temperatures, making it a viable option for gardens in colder climates.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Dye Source: The petals of Dianthus 'Hannah Louise' can be used to create a natural dye for fabrics or artisanal crafts, providing hues that range from pink to light red depending on the mordant used.
    • Culinary Garnish: The flowers of Dianthus, also known as Carnation, can be crystallized or used fresh to decorate desserts and cocktails for an elegant touch.
    • Aromatherapy: The sweet fragrance of Carnation flowers can be captured in potpourris or sachets to naturally scent drawers and closets.
    • Floral Crafts: Carnation blooms can be dried and used in floral arrangements, wreaths, or other decorative crafts to add color and a touch of nature indoors.
    • Bookmarks: Pressed Carnation flowers can be laminated or sealed in clear adhesive paper to create unique and natural bookmarks for book lovers.
    • Creative Photography: Carnation flowers provide a vivid and textured subject for macro photography enthusiasts, offering a range of stunning visuals.
    • Artistic Inspiration: The bright and varied colors of Carnation petals can be used for color palettes in art projects or even inspire fashion designs.
    • Miniature Gardening: Dianthus 'Hannah Louise' can be incorporated into fairy gardens or miniature landscapes as colorful accents.
    • Special Occasions: Carnation flowers have long been associated with various meanings, and as such they can be given as gifts for specific occasions, such as Mother's Day or anniversaries, to convey a particular message.
    • Educational Tool: Carnation plants can be an excellent subject in educational programs about gardening and plant biology, teaching about flower anatomy and plant care.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Dianthus, commonly known as the Carnation, is used in Feng Shui to attract positive energy and love. It can be placed in the love and marriage area of a home, which is typically the southwest corner, to enhance relationships and promote happiness.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Carnation is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: Dianthus flowers are often associated with love due to their timeless beauty and range of colors. The hues of pink, in particular, evoke feelings of affection and romance.
    • Boldness: The bright colors and striking patterns of this flower symbolize boldness and the courage to stand out from the crowd.
    • Purity: The white variety of carnations, which may be present in the 'Hannah Louise' cultivar, often represents purity and innocence.
    • Distinction: The unique markings and frilled edges of certain Dianthus varieties set them apart, signifying distinction and individuality.
    • Devotion: Historically, carnations have been a symbol of devotion and loyalty, which is reflected in the lasting quality of the blooms.

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Every 1-2 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Sweet William cultivar, Dianthus 'Hannah Louise,' should be watered deeply when the top inch of the soil feels dry, ensuring the water reaches the roots. Depending on weather conditions, this may be roughly once a week. It is important not to overwater, as Dianthus prefers slightly dry soil conditions. During the growing season, it may require around one gallon of water per plant each time you water. Reduce watering in the winter months when the plant is not actively growing.

  • sunLight

    Sweet William thrives best in full sun to partial shade. Planting Dianthus 'Hannah Louise' in a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight per day is ideal. However, in hotter climates, some afternoon shade can help protect the plant from intense heat.

  • thermometerTemperature

    For Sweet William, the ideal growing temperature ranges from 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It can tolerate temperatures down to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit and can withstand short periods of frost. Extreme heat above 85 degrees Fahrenheit may stress the plant, so it's best to provide some shade during the hottest part of the day in very warm regions.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Sweet William is essential to promote bushier growth and prevent legginess. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage more blooms. Prune back the foliage after blooming is over, typically in late summer or fall, to keep the plant tidy and prepare it for the next flowering season. Do not prune too late in the season to prevent harming new growths that are preparing for winter.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for a Sweet William (Dianthus 'Hannah Louise') should be well-draining, with some organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure. It thrives in neutral to slightly alkaline conditions, with an optimal pH of 6.75 to 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Sweet Williams should typically be repotted once every 2-3 years to ensure they have enough space to grow and to refresh the soil, but they may not require repotting if they're planted directly in the garden.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Sweet William prefers average to low humidity conditions; it does not require high humidity and can tolerate dry air, making it suitable for most home environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, well-draining soil, and airflow for Sweet William.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun to part shade, protect from wind, enrich soil, water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of Dianthus 'Hannah Louise', commonly referred to as Carnation 'Hannah Louise', begins with the germination of seeds, ideally in a well-draining soil with sufficient sunlight and a bit of shade. Seedlings emerge, showing initial leaves, and as they grow, they form a rosette of blue-green foliage. Vegetative growth progresses as the plants develop strong stems and more leaves, preparing for the flowering stage. The next stage is characterized by the blooming of fragrant, frilled flowers that are usually pink, red, or white, which typically occurs in late spring to early summer. After pollination, flowers eventually produce seed pods that ripen, and once they dry, they release seeds, completing the reproductive cycle. Throughout its life, Carnation 'Hannah Louise' may be pruned to promote bushier growth and deadheaded to encourage more blooms, and with proper care, it can survive for more than two years as a perennial.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Dianthus 'Hannah Louise', commonly known as Sweet William, is typically propagated by cuttings, a method favored for maintaining the characteristics of the cultivar. The ideal time for taking cuttings is in late spring to early summer when the plant's growth is most vigorous. To propagate by cuttings, choose healthy, non-flowering stems and snip off a 4 to 6 inch (10 to 15 cm) section just below a node. Strip the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting and dip the cut end in rooting hormone powder to encourage root development. Plant the cutting in a well-draining soil mix, ensuring at least two nodes are buried where roots can form. Cover with a plastic bag to retain humidity and place in indirect light. Roots typically develop in about 2 to 4 weeks, after which the new plants can be gradually acclimatized to outdoor conditions.