Compact plants producing an abundance of white, pink, red and bi-color flowers.
A very ornamental plant, it is usually biennial in habit, but can be a short-lived perennial. Many cultivars that are widely grown in gardens. Since these flower freely in their first year and then degenerate, they are usually treated as annuals.
The Chinese pink has been used for over 2,000 years in Chinese herbal medicine. The whole plant is a bitter tonic herb that stimulates the digestive and urinary systems and also the bowels.
Prefers a rich well-drained loamy neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny position, but succeeds in most soils including dry ones.