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
Registered or introduced: 2002

Category:

Biennials

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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:

Patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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.