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Dianthus gratianopolitanus (Cheddar pink)

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Dianthus gratianopolitanus dy-ANN-thus grah-tee-ah-no-pol-ih-TAY-nus Common Name: Cheddar pink 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.
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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