Dianthus hybrida 'Coconut Surprise' ('WP05 Yves')

Coconut Surprise Dianthus




Patents: PP#18828

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Genus: Dianthus

Category: Perennial

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 6 to 8" tall, 12 to 15" wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun


Compact, mounding growth habit. gray-green foliage. Bright purple-pink, fragrant flowers with a white surround.


From patent application (John Whetman, Deer Park Farm, Chudleigh, Devon, UK): product of a breeding program started by the inventor in 1985 in a cultivated area of Houndspool, Dawlish, Devon, United Kingdom. The primary focus of the breeding program is to produce new cultivars of garden pinks that exhibit unique characteristics of flower color and form, and which, preferably, are highly and pleasantly fragrant. In addition, new varieties are selected for being well-proportioned in respect of ratio of overall height (including flower canopy) to overall width.

Ordinarily, the inventor carries out controlled crosses, with known parents, and selects new varieties for sets of similar characteristics in order to make whole sets of series. 'WP05 Yves' is a chance hybrid plant that was selected in 2003 as a single seedling from a large group (which the inventor designated as Family 9722) of open-pollinated seedlings which itself had resulted from open-pollination of a group of unnamed and unreleased plants of Dianthus from the inventor's large collection of Dianthus. Thus, on this occasion, the inventor is unable to identify either the male or the female parent, or to draw comparisons between 'WP05 Yves' and either parent.


My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Laymans in October 2010 and planted it in the raised perennial bed. It fizzled out and did not come back next spring.

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