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PlantFiles: Maiden Pink
Dianthus deltoides

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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 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
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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)
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
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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7 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ThomPotempa On Dec 10, 2010, ThomPotempa from Houston, TX wrote:

I went to my favorite native plant vendor to discuss availability of incoming plants during the height of the cold days (25 F) last winter. My 8 year old daughter noticed there were free plants. I had no experience with dyanthus (this was one of several varieties) but figured that the price was right, especially considering that I had just dug up a large bed that was just sitting there.

So, took about 4 trays of various flowers and was out there planting in 25 F weather. A neighbor later told me they thought I was nuts.

These turned out fantastic and I am always going to ensure they are in the winter garden

Positive mbhoakct76 On Apr 19, 2008, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:

pinks make a awesome front border plant, they fill in nicely and quickly, and are easily divided to spread out. I found them easy to grow in just about any soil condition, and require almost no attention.
After a few years and they have spread a bit- it may not produce as many flowers, but dividing and clipping back in early spring will bring on lots of new flowers.

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 16, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is such a great plant that can take much abuse and still look beautiful. I have some in poor soil by a gate, and it gets beat up frequently when the gate is moved, but it never shows it. I have some more by my pond, and it gets walked on when I am tending the pump/filter, and it still thrives. It looks lush even when not in bloom. Stratification aids germination of seeds. Blooms late May to late June in my garden.

Positive CaptMicha On Jun 20, 2004, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Flowers pretty well for a plant that constantly gets mowed over. If left untended, it would develope a bush of pink flowers. Seems to thrive on neglect.

Positive Gillianbc On Mar 1, 2004, Gillianbc wrote:

Mine formed a mat about 18 inches by 12 inches which did quite well for 3 years then went bald in the middle with fewer flowers. I think this was because we had an exceptionally dry Summer last year or maybe they're just short lived. I tugged some off small chunks last autumn, potted up the pieces and overwintered in an unheated greenhouse. Each has survived and made a fresh plant about 6 inches across which I've now used to replace the mother plant. If I'd known it was so easy I'd have done more for friends !

Positive tilatup59 On Nov 10, 2003, tilatup59 wrote:

I planted Hot pink and white Dianthus in full sun this fall in my large pots and my flower garden in North Carolina. They have grown from 1" seedlings and are aprox. 6"-8" tall. The pink ones are doing better than the white. Pinching-off the dead blooms has promoted more blooms. These sweet little flowers seem to be doing well even as it has gotten cold here in Charlotte.

Positive Crimson On Feb 2, 2003, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have this in the front of the border, even in light shade. It grows 8 inches tall and spreads to form a thick mat thats nearly weed proof. In mid summer its covered with tiny inch blooms that come in shades of red, pink, crimson, or white. After flowering I cut the ones in full and part sun back and they rebloomed the rest of the summer... the ones in light shade didn't need to be cut back they grew slower and bloomed less but bloomed steadly until fall.

Neutral lantana On Jan 4, 2001, lantana from (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grows in Heat Zones 9-1.

Neutral poppysue On Nov 1, 2000, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

This perennial is a great addition for a rock garden or the front of the border. Hardy from zones 3-9 it grows 8 inches tall and spreads to form a thick mat thats nearly weed proof. In mid summer its covered with tiny inch blooms that come in shades of red, pink, crimson, or white. After flowering a good shearing will promote some additional flowers through out the season. It likes sandy alkaline soils and it will perform best in full sun however it does tolerate partial shade.


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

Gadsden, Alabama
Weaver, Alabama
Seward, Alaska
Winsted, Connecticut
Kissimmee, Florida
Palatka, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Villa Rica, Georgia
Gosport, Indiana
Greenville, Indiana
Lane, Kansas
Westbrook, Maine
Brookeville, Maryland
Laurel, Maryland
Ely, Minnesota
Socorro, New Mexico
Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Prosperity, South Carolina
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Rockwood, Tennessee
Coppell, Texas
Hereford, Texas
Houston, Texas
Freeland, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Pulaski, Wisconsin

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