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DIANTHUS deltoides

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Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS deltoides

Plant Common Name

Maiden Pink

General Description

Few pinks are as colorful and pretty as the summer-flowering maiden pink. This low mat-forming perennial originates from Western Europe and Asia where is resides on rocky ground and open grasslands. It produces a carpet of small pink, white or rosy red flowers that rise from short, slender stems. The blooms are lightly fragrant, attractive to bees and butterflies and shine above the thick mat of fine, dense, blue-green foliage.

Maiden pink performs best in full sun and porous well-drained soil that’s neutral to alkaline. Once established, it will tolerate periods of drought. Its spent buds should be sheared back to keep plants looking clean and attractive. If left uncut, plants will self-sow lightly. Rock gardens and sunny border edges are the best spots for this tough and lovely perennial. It is also ideal for trough gardens and looks great cascading over stone walls.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Western Europe, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes