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Cheddar pink

Dianthus gratianopolitanus

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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 CharacteristicsLong-lasting, fragrant flowers on low-growing mats.

CareGrow in full sun and well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Will not tolerate standing water. It is best to avoid organic mulches.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in fall. Take cuttings in summer.

ProblemsCrown rot, slugs, sow bugs, grasshoppers, chipmunks, squirrels, deer.

  • Genus : Dianthus
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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