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PlantFiles: Maiden Pink
Dianthus deltoides 'Arctic Fire'

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

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18 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly 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
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive saya On Apr 15, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I already have the white form of it. I 've recently sowed Arctic Fire. Seeds germinated in no time...less then three days ! I 've sowed them in my on a warm and sunny spot. Seeds were gathered at least in 2002.. so seeds can be stored very well. There 's one thing I miss with these...the wonderfull fragnance of Dianthus. In my garden it blooms most of the season. I cut these back now and then during the season roughly with a pair of scissors.

Positive jhyshark On Jun 28, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Very happy in the rock garden, and a bright spot of color beginning late June.

Positive Weezingreens On Jan 10, 2003, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Arctic Fire is a nice little maiden pink that performs well in rock gardens, containers, and troughs. Each white bloom has a cherry red center. It is a hardy perennial in our Alaskan Zone 3 climate.


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

Seward, Alaska
Paradise, California
Aurora, Colorado
Cordele, Georgia
Pukalani, Hawaii
Greenville, Indiana
Attleboro, Massachusetts
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Scottville, Michigan
Hibbing, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Sandown, New Hampshire
Durham, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Trafford, Pennsylvania
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Essex Junction, Vermont
Vancouver, Washington

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