Large, deep rose-red blooms cover the dense, somewhat upright clumps of dark green, evergreen foliage. Each of the 5 flower petals have serrated edges, looking as if they have been trimmed with pinking shears, hence the common name 'Pinks'. If deadheaded, this species will flower heaviest in early summer with a rebloom in the fall. Maiden Pinks are named for their habit of partially closing their petals at dusk, like a shy maiden would.
In the cooler seasons, the leaves of this cultivar tend to take on purplish-red tones and then revert back to green in spring. D. deltoides is one of the most aggressive Dianthus species, and if allowed to form seed, it will self-sow freely.
Dianthus grow best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Lime can be added to the soil if it is naturally acidic to raise the pH. Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas. Regular watering during prolonged dry spells will be necessary. However, they are tolerant of short periods of dryness. Do a thorough clean-up in the fall to prevent pest and disease problems, and add a layer of mulch to protect the evergreen foliage.
Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus), Bellflower-Dwarf (Campanula ), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium ), Grass-Ornamental (Festuca glauca), Hen & Chicks (Sempervivum ), Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina), Speedwell (Veronica ), Tickseed (Coreopsis )
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Full sun to part shade
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