Cottage Pink, Feathered Pink, Garden Pink, Grass Pink

Dianthus plumarius

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: plumarius (ploo-MAH-ree-us) (Info)


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink



Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Toney, Alabama

Clinton, Arkansas

Elk Grove, California

Hesperia, California

Richmond, California

Panama City, Florida

Barnesville, Georgia

Hampton, Illinois

Westbrook, Maine

West Dummerston, Vermont

Poulsbo, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 8, 2010, kerrystack from Lakewood, OH wrote:

Trying these from seed this year. We'll see how it goes. Eventually they'll be out in a zone 5 garden.


On Jun 1, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have dianthus in my flower boxes on the deck and spring just wouldn't be the same without them. I love that they are so hardy, I have even taken pictures of them still in bloom on December 24th in zone 5!!


On Mar 12, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Height: 18-24"
Spacing: 12"
Light: Full sun
Hardiness: Zones 3-8
Pronunciation: die-ANTH-us pluu-MAR-ee-us

Cottage Pinks have been cultivated for centuries, and are used in developing the modern hybrids. Flowers are spicily fragrant in rose, pink or white with single or double flowers (lightly to heavily fringed.) Bloom in late spring and summer, they are a mainstay of the cottage garden providing an attractive edging for peonies or roses.