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Dianthus deltoides ‘Flashing Lights’ (Maiden Pink)

Maiden Pink 'Flashing Lights', Lady's Cushion 'Flashing Lights', Meadow Pink 'Flashing Lights'

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Hardy, Dianthus deltoides ‘Flashing Lights’ (Maiden Pink) is an evergreen perennial forming a mat of narrow, bright green leaves. In late spring and summer, the foliage mound is covered by a profusion of small, salmon-scarlet, single flowers adorned with delicately fringed petals. Borne on sturdy flowering stems, the dainty blossoms attract bees and butterflies, but are ignored by deer. Easy to grow, Maiden Pink is excellent for the front of the border, as edging plant or massed as a groundcover.

  • Growing up to 18 in. tall (45 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm).
  • Prefers full sun and enjoys neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Tolerates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates.
  • Extremely versatile, Maiden Pink is ideal for rock gardens, border fronts, banks and slopes. Excellent groundcover
  • Deadhead to prolong flowering. Propagate by seed. Shear after flowering for a neater appearance.
  • Dianthus deltoides species is native to Asia and Europe.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 10
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Caryophyllaceae
Genus Dianthus
Common names Pink, Dianthus Flower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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Dianthus carthusianorum (Carthusian Pink)
Dianthus Early Bird Radiance (Pink)
Dianthus ‘First Love’ (Cheddar Pink)
Dianthus chinensis ‘Velvet ‘n Lace’ (Chinese Pink)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 10
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Caryophyllaceae
Genus Dianthus
Common names Pink, Dianthus Flower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
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