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Dianthus deltoides 'Micro Chips'

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: deltoides (del-TOY-deez) (Info)
Cultivar: Micro Chips

Synonym:Dianthus deltoides subsp. deltoides

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive davidkumpula On Apr 13, 2012, davidkumpula from Fort Mill, SC wrote:

I started growing this plant in South Carolina from seed acquired from a botanical garden in British Columbia. It adapted well in both damp and fairly dry average soil and bloomed in its first year in mid-summer. Currently in its second year, it has spread 12" per plant and when not in bloom, forms a dense mat of neat dark evergreen foliage about 3" tall. Early this Spring, it started blooming beautifully with flowers that peak about 6-8" high and is still going strong. Its everything I could ask for in a ground-cover and I'll be expanding its use in my gardens over the coming year.

Positive maccionoadha On Jul 10, 2010, maccionoadha from Halifax, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

It has lovely blooms of various shades of pink and white with red-rose centers and it blooms the first year. Good for Sunny borders, banks and rockeries. When collecting seeds: store them in a cool, frost-free area, out of direct sunlight, in an airtight container.


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

Halifax, Massachusetts
Fort Mill, South Carolina

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