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Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch' (Cheddar Pink)

Cheddar Pink 'Firewitch', Cliff Pink 'Firewitch', Clove Pink 'Firewitch', Mountain Pink 'Firewitch', Sweet Pink 'Firewitch', Dianthus Caesius 'Firewitch', Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Feuerhexe'


Rich of a pleasing clove fragrance, Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch' (Cheddar Pink) is an evergreen perennial which produces an abundance of brilliant, purplish-pink, small flowers with frilled petals atop wiry stems. Rising from tufted mounds of grassy, blue-gray, silvery foliage, they bloom in mid to late spring, in such quantities that the blossoms literally cover the plant. Some sporadic rebloom in the summer and fall will occur, specifically if the plant is deadheaded regularly. Easy to grow, and perfect for adding a splash of color in the garden, this Cheddar Pink makes an excellent ground cover or rock garden plant. It is not bothered by heat or humidity.

  • 2006 Perennial Plant Association's Plant of the Year.
  • Growing up to 6-8 in. tall (15-20 cm) and 6-12 in. wide (15-30 cm), this eye-popping Cheddar Pink is quite hardy and sturdy.
  • 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 edging plant too.
  • Prefers full sun and enjoys 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.
  • Attracts bees and butterflies, but is ignored by deer.
  • Deadhead to prolong flowering. After flowering in late spring, the spent flowers should be cut back which will promote rebloom later in the season.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
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 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, 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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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 – 9
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 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, 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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