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PlantFiles: Maiden Pink
Dianthus deltoides 'Zing Rose'

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

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ZippyPinHed On Apr 30, 2012, ZippyPinHed from Oak Ridge, NJ wrote:

Growing without a problem for 10 years now. Each year I collect seed, trade some and use the rest to expand the planting along my rock walls. Given the acid rain problem in the northeast, lime is absolutely necessary. In addition, I add bonemeal each March all the dianthus and lavender plants.

Positive ms_greenjeans On May 28, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I've had trouble growing dianthus before. Sometimes they don't come back after the winter, sometimes the middle dies out, sometimes they just don't impress me much. But I really love my Zing Rose--they made it through a REAL Minnesota winter just fine. I think that leaving them bare might be better than covering or mulching for the winter.
Update 2011: I removed these from my garden. Short-lived perennial? Just didn't look nice any longer.

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 5, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is sometimes also known as Maiden Pinks. It is a great repeat bloomer and will also self-seed. Can be used as a groundcover as it only reaches a height of 6-8".

Neutral debi_z On Apr 19, 2004, debi_z from Springfield, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

a very pretty dianthus. mine, as most of my dianthus, bloom very nicely the first season and then don't do as well the following year. this didn't make it into the 3rd year, although it could have been our severe winter here in massachusetts with temps below my zone for several weeks on end.
i have problems with all dianthus in my gardens. terry mentioned they like alkaline soil, perhaps this is the reason.
i gave it a neutral because i feel it is my problem, not the plants. ;)

Positive lauburt On Jun 1, 2003, lauburt from Vancouver, WA wrote:

Cheerful, bright blooms. Compact growth habit. Excellent plant!

Positive Weezingreens On Aug 31, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Zing Rose has a lovely deep pink bloom and a compact habit. The flowers are slightly larger than some of the deltoides.


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

Huntsville, Alabama
Elk Grove, California
Kiowa, Colorado
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Hopkins, Minnesota
Oak Ridge, New Jersey
Belfield, North Dakota
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Kalama, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Marinette, Wisconsin

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