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PlantFiles: Dianthus, Cheddar Pink
Dianthus 'Eastern Star'

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Cultivar: Eastern Star
Additional cultivar information: (PP14437, Star series; aka Red Dwarf)
Hybridized by Whetman; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

One vendor has this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive seran72 On Jun 28, 2010, seran72 from Bozeman, MT wrote:

This plant is absolutely stunning at my house. It blooms all season, as long as I keep dead-heading. It is also more drought-tolerant than the information would suggest. I've posted a picture, but it is from earlier this spring. It is even more abundantly covered in blooms now and I will try to upload another soon. I can't say enough good things about this eye-catcher, and I will definitely purchase another one if I see them again.

Positive otter47 On Mar 28, 2010, otter47 from Livermore, CA wrote:

This cultivar has performed very well for me. It blooms lavishly in the spring and repeats the show later in the season if I deadhead it and shear it back somewhat. I find the single two-toned red flowers particularly appealing and a good contrast with the bluish foliage. The foliage stays through the winter months.

Neutral Eldine On Jul 28, 2009, Eldine from Wellsville, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

Have had this for several years. The bluish tone foliage is a nice contrast color. The first blooms are beautiful but short lived. Afterward I get only a few more blooms no matter how diligently I deadhead. Overall, I'd give it a so-so rating.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Livermore, California
Chicago, Illinois
Hebron, Kentucky
Grand Marais, Michigan
Bozeman, Montana
Wellsville, New York
Knoxville, Tennessee
Leesburg, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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