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Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Bath's Pink' (Cheddar Pink)

Cheddar Pink 'Bath's Pink, Cliff Pink 'Bath's Pink', Clove Pink 'Bath's Pink', Mountain Pink 'Bath's Pink', Sweet Pink 'Bath's Pink', Dianthus Caesius 'Bath's Pink'


Rich with a pleasing clove fragrance, Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Bath's Pink' (Cheddar Pink) is a perennial forming a spreading low mound of grassy, blue-gray, silvery foliage. Blooming in mid to late spring, an abundance of soft pink flowers with a deeper rose center and delicately fringed petals rise atop wiry stems above the foliage. Attracting bees and butterflies, the blossoms are produced in such quantities that they literally cover the plant. Some sporadic rebloom in the summer and fall may occur, specifically if the plant is deadheaded regularly. Handsome throughout the seasons, the foliage remains evergreen in all but the coldest winters. One of the best of the pink flowering cultivars of Dianthus gratianopolitanus, Bath's Pink tolerates heat, cold, humidity, and drought better than many other Dianthus. Easy to grow, and perfect for adding a splash of color in the garden, Cheddar Pink is well-suited to the rock garden or the edge of a border. Vigorous, it also makes a lovely ground cover when massed together. Plant it near walkways or patios where its sweet fragrance can be enjoyed.

  • Grows up to 6-8 in. tall (15-20 cm) and 6-12 in. wide (15-30 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Light shade is appreciated in extremely hot climates. Mulch with pea stone or gravel to keep foliage clean and dry.
  • Extremely versatile, Dianthus gratianopolitanus is ideal for rock gardens, border fronts, rocky slopes, or over stone walls. Effective as a ground cover in small areas or as an edging plant too.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphids, slugs, caterpillars, or fusarium wilt. Deer resistant.
  • Deadhead to prolong flowering. After flowering in late spring, the spent flowers should be cut back. This will encourage sporadic repeat bloom later in the season.
  • Propagate by terminal cuttings taken and rooted in early summer. Divide every few years in early spring or when the centers start to die out.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
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 (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 15" (37cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University

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 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
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 (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 15" (37cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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