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Maiden pink

Dianthus deltoides

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This mat-forming species with dark green leaves is one of the easiest to grow.  Blossoms range from white to red and are usually single and without fragrance. Use as bedding or in rock gardens.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSelf-sows.

CareMost rebloom if sheared back after flowering. Requires full sun and sharp drainage and prefers neutral to alkaline soil.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in fall; divide in spring or fall.

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

  • Genus : Dianthus
  • Zones : 10, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Self Seeds
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Late Summer, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, Red, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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