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PlantFiles: Cheddar Pink
Dianthus gratianopolitanus

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: gratianopolitanus (grat-ee-an-oh-pol-it-AH-nus) (Info)

Synonym:Dianthus caesius

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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)

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:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:

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

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive traildawg626 On Aug 15, 2004, traildawg626 from Sumter, SC wrote:

I staggered six of the Pink Cheddar plants at the base of my back porch in a 10" L x 3" W bed. Each time that we walked out the door we were greeted with a fragrance so sweet and intense that we spent most of the Spring and early Summer dining on our porch. Included in this bed were six fuschia colored impatients, three Aztec Lilly bulbs, and two Snap Dragon plants. When friends and family dropped by, without fail, they complimented both the aroma and the beauty of this small but elegant flower bed.
Sadly, the impatients are the only thing still blooming in this bed, now that it is mid-August. We can hardly, wait until next Spring to once again enjoy the beauty and aroma of our Pink Cheddar, as they were well worth the $5.00 per plant we paid to have them.
Sherri, Sumter, SC

Positive chicochi3 On Jul 14, 2004, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

Attractive, low-maintenance, wonderful scent, and comes back year after year. One of my favorite flowers.

Positive phalvorson On Apr 21, 2004, phalvorson from Panama City, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

We planted these last year and they just keep blooming and blooming over and over again. Absolutely beautiful. Low maintenance. Non-invasive.

Neutral poppysue On Mar 12, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Chedder pinks form a mat of narrow, gray-green foliage spreading up to 16-inches wide. The fragrant, 1-inch flowers are produced in mid summer and have slightly fringed petals. Many cultivars are available creating a wide variety of colors.


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

Seward, Alaska
Panama City, Florida
Westbrook, Maine
Pikesville, Maryland
Scottville, Michigan
Willow Springs, Missouri
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Thomasville, North Carolina
Frisco, Texas
Clearfield, Utah

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