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DIANTHUS plumarius 'Itsaul White'

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Carol Cloud Bailey

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS plumarius 'Itsaul White'

Plant Common Name

Clove Pinks, Itsaul White Clove Pinks

General Description

The fringed, frilly, vanilla-scented, white flowers of ‘Itsaul White,’ a selection of border pink, provide a beautiful complement to its low tufts of silvery-blue leaves. An evergreen, clump-forming perennial, it has linear, needle-like leaves and spreads to form a dense mat of foliage. Numerous, small, fringed, semi-double flowers appear on short stems above the leaves from late spring to early summer, and may attract small butterflies.

Like most Border pinks, ‘Itsaul White’ thrives in full to part sun and average, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. Avoid overwatering and soggy conditions, as these may cause stem and root decay. Prompt removal of spent flower stems encourages prolonged flowering. Plants may be divided every two to three years to maintain their vigor, and may self-sow if allowed to go to seed.

A classic staple of cottage gardens, this charming perennial is at home in rock gardens or mixed beds and borders. It is particularly lovely when combined with peonies, roses, Siberian iris, and any other early summer-blooming perennial or shrub.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 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"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes