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DIANTHUS 'Pike's Pink'

Image of Dianthus 'Pike's Pink'

James H. Schutte

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS 'Pike's Pink'

Plant Common Name

Dianthus, Pike's Pink Dianthus

General Description

The small, numerous flowers of ‘Pikes Pink’ are fully double, soft pink and sweetly fragrant. This low, spreading perennial is easy to grow if given the right growing conditions and ideal for sunny rock gardens and border edges.

This charming evergreen perennial forms a low, spreading mound of linear, almost grassy gray-green foliage. In late spring to early summer it becomes covered with a carpet of double pink flowers. Each gem of a bloom has sharply pinked petal edges and stands erect on a short, sturdy stem. The flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies and are pungently fragrant.

Grow 'Pike's Pink' in full to partial sun and gritty, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. Offering good drought resistance, it is intolerant of soggy conditions and may rot if overwatered. Prompt removal of faded flower stems encourages reblooming. The tidy, compact habit of ‘Pike’s Pink’ makes it a fine choice for edging or accent in a rockery or alpine trough. It is also suitable for massing as a small-scale groundcover in well-drained locations.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    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"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Cutflower, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No