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Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pink)

Maiden Pink, Lady's Cushion, Meadow Pink, Spink


Vigorous and free-flowering, Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pink) is an evergreen perennial forming a spreading mat of narrow, green leaves. In late spring and summer, the foliage mound is covered by a profusion of heavily fringed, small, single flowers in shades of red, pink or white. Borne on branched flowering stems, the dainty blossoms attract bees and butterflies, but are ignored by deer. Easy to grow, Maiden Pink is excellent in rock gardens, as an edging or groundcover and among paving stones.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Growing up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and 6-24 in. wide (15-60 cm), Maiden Pink may self-seed in optimum growing conditions.
  • 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, or over stone walls. Excellent groundcover,
  • Deadhead to prolong flowering. Propagate by seed. Shear after flowering for a neater appearance.
  • Native to Asia and Europe

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 10
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 Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 10
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 Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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