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DIANTHUS gratianapolitanus (FLAVORA SERIES)

Image of Dianthus gratianapolitanus (FLAVORA SERIES)

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS gratianapolitanus( FLAVORA SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Flavora Cheddar Pinks

Special Notice

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General Description

Bright summer color is produced by this small, unassuming evergreen perennial Dianthus. Throughout the year it offers low spreading mounds of fine, grassy green to gray-green foliage. But, from early to midsummer it becomes covered with a cloud of small, bright pink fringed flowers with a potent sweet and spicy fragrance. Removing the spent flowers after the flush fades will keep plants looking tidy and attractive but won’t encourage them to rebloom.

This pretty perennial reigns from the mountainous regions in Central Europe, so it is tough and sun-loving. It prefers perfectly drained, slightly alkaline soil, is quite drought tolerant and can take a little more heat than your average alpine. Place this pink in sunny, rocky garden spots. It looks especially lovely spilling over the top of a retaining wall or along the edge of a garden path with stepping stones.

There are lots of wonderful cultivars available that vary in flower color, bloom size and petal number. The white-flowered ‘Greystone’ has especially fragrant fringed flowers and ‘Firewitch’ has brillant magenta flowers with white centers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • 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

    3"-4" / 7.6cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Northern Europe, Western Europe, United Kingdom

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Light Pink, Hot Pink, Rose, Dark Red, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Bedding Plant, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies