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Cheddar pink

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch'

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Silvery-blue mats of evergreen, linear foliage. Well-known and loved for the showy, profuse, single, magenta blooms, spring-fall. ‘Firewitch’ exudes the spicy scent of cloves. Very hardy; good performer. Moderate to fast grower. Heat resistant and tolerant of humidity. Excellent for use in containers, as an edger, in rock gardens, scented gardens and the front of the border. If cut back, they often rebloom in early fall. Considered deer resistant once established. Attracts butterflies!  Very suitable for gardens in the South. -Santa Rosa Gardens

Noteworthy CharacteristicsFragrant, magenta flowers that bloom from mid-spring through early summer.

CarePrefers loose, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade and short periods of drought.

PropagationSow seed in a coldframe in fall; take cuttings in summer.

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

  • Genus : Dianthus
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Fall, Late Spring, Spring, 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 : Spring Interest
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