Cheddar pink

Dianthus gratianopolitanus

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Cheddar pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus)
dy-ANN-thus grah-tee-ah-no-pol-ih-TAY-nus
Synonyms:  D. caesius
Genus:  Dianthus
This compact species forms broad mats of blue-gray linear leaves and is perfect for a rock garden setting. The purplish-pink flowers are solitary, toothed, and deliciously fragrant. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Long-lasting, fragrant flowers on low-growing mats.
Care:  Grow in full sun and well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Will not tolerate standing water. It is best to avoid organic mulches.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in fall. Take cuttings in summer.
Problems:  Crown rot, slugs, sow bugs, grasshoppers, chipmunks, squirrels, deer.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Ground Covers
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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