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Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Tiny Rubies’ (Cheddar Pink)

Cheddar Pink 'Tiny Rubies', Cliff Pink 'Tiny Rubies', Clove Pink 'Tiny Rubies', Mountain Pink 'Tiny Rubies', Sweet Pink 'Tiny Rubies'

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Dianthus Gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies', Cheddar Pink 'Tiny Rubies, Cliff Pink 'Tiny Rubies', Clove Pink Tiny Rubies, Mountain Pink 'Tiny Rubies', Sweet Pink 'Tiny Rubies', Pink Dianthus

Popular as an edging plant, Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Tiny Rubies’ (Cheddar Pink) is a charming perennial forming a spreading low mound of grassy, olive-green foliage. Blooming in mid-spring, an abundance of tiny, fragrant double rose-pink flowers 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. Easy to grow, and perfect for adding a splash of color to 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 2-4 in. tall (5-10 cm) and 8-12 in. wide (20-30 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Light shade is appreciated in extremely hot climates. Drought tolerant once established.
  • 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.

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 Caryophyllaceae
Genus Dianthus
Common names Dianthus Flower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 2" - 4"
(5cm - 10cm)
Spread 8" - 1'
(20cm - 30cm)
Spacing 8" - 12"
(20cm - 30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, 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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Dianthus Early Bird Frosty (Pink)
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Dianthus ‘First Love’ (Cheddar Pink)
Dianthus chinensis ‘Velvet ‘n Lace’ (Chinese Pink)
Dianthus superbus (Fringed Pink)

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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 Caryophyllaceae
Genus Dianthus
Common names Dianthus Flower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 2" - 4"
(5cm - 10cm)
Spread 8" - 1'
(20cm - 30cm)
Spacing 8" - 12"
(20cm - 30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, 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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Do I Need?
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