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PlantFiles: Cheddar Pink
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch'

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)
Cultivar: Firewitch
Additional cultivar information: (aka Feuerhexe, Fire Witch)

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6-12 in. (15-30 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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
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)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem 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
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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13 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Debsroots On Jun 3, 2012, Debsroots from Northwest, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have been growing this plant for at least 6 years and it is one of my favorite. The bright pink blooms against the silver grey foliage bring attention to this must have plant. It comes back reliably each year in my zone 4/5 gardens. I use it as an edger plant in my gardens, and if you cut off the spent bloom stocks, it will bloom off and on all summer.

Positive mrmojorisn On Apr 29, 2012, mrmojorisn from South Congaree, SC wrote:

I didn't see anyone posting their experience growing the 'firewitch' from columbia,SC on here. I JUST planted some today (4/28/12). So, cross your fingers, hopefully I will have some success here in my planter with 'firewitch' as well as Neon Star Dianthus, and some Asian Jasmine. I'm really trying to get my planter looking good.

Positive bungalow1056 On Apr 23, 2011, bungalow1056 from Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is the most reliable dianthus I've planted. The pink positively glows against the foliage. They smell fantastic- rich carnation, spice and clove. The bees love them. They spread moderately each year here in central NC. I'm going to spade and divide them out this fall- double delight!

Positive boomerr On Jun 14, 2010, boomerr from Sun City, AZ wrote:

I have this plant Dianthus g. 'Firewitch' and I am in Az and it is doing well. I did bring it to Az from Oregon and planted from seeds I brought back. Now I am trying to figure out how to get the seeds from the flower. I did it once but if someone knows more about it would appreciate their knowledge.

Neutral GEENP On Jul 20, 2009, GEENP from Ridgeley, WV wrote:

I have 3 year old plants and they bloom in the spring and then not much after that even though I dead headed them. They are not any larger than when I first put them out. I am planning on digging up, adding compost and fertilizer this fall and see if they will grow larger and bloom more.

Positive lillymw On Jun 7, 2008, lillymw from Richmond Hill, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

I picked up one of these at Sheridan Nurseries in Toronto. My only regret is that I didn't buy more! This plant looks and smells wonderful! I have it situated in a spot that gets full sun for only part of the day but it is thriving and blooming strongly. Love it!

Positive Marilynbeth On Mar 26, 2008, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Have had it for many years and I love it more every year. It's a very beautiful plant overall! I love the sweet and colorful flowers. I love the smell of the flowers! I can't walk past it without picking a flower and smelling it! I'm in 'heaven' with it's scent! I love the shade of the leaves. The combination of the leaves and flowers is gorgeous! It's beautiful and striking even at a distance!

Wonderful plant!

Positive littlelulublue On May 29, 2007, littlelulublue from Toronto
Canada wrote:

Planted last year, is doing fabulous (Toronto, ON) Blooms continuously from late May/early June until late fall. Lovely silver foliage. Planted in part sun/part shade

Positive berrygirl On Mar 21, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have grown 'Firewitch' dianthus for several years and love it. It looks great year round and is evergreen in my zone. The electric pink blooms are also sweetly scented. Very carefree but must have proper drainage or it will rot.

Short 10-12" - Plant 12" apart. Zone 3-9. Long flowering German Hybrid with ice blue foliage forms a tidy groundcover that stays evergreen. Brilliant pink single flowers have frilled petals with a pleasing clove scent.


Perennial of the Year 2006.

Blooms: Spring to Summer

Flower Color: Pink

Sun-Shade: Full Sun

Accent Color: Pink

Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy

Plant Height: Short

Zones: z3,z4,z5,z6,z7,z8,z9

Positive CarolynBF On Apr 13, 2006, CarolynBF from Florissant, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is the 2006 Perennial Plant of the Year. Therefore, even though I just brought mine home today, I'm giving it a positive rating.
The flower color is a vivid and beautiful magenta, and the foliage is soft and grassy. The man at the nursery said the clump will spread and can be divided. Can't wait to get this established in my yard.

Positive TokyoRose702 On Jun 4, 2005, TokyoRose702 from Frisco, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wonderful as all other comments listed above...the key to rebloom is not just deadheading - use a Bloom Booster! Mine are still blooming strong! Not like the first spring flush but definate color impact - Yea!

Positive BUFFY690 On May 8, 2005, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I had wanted this for a while and never seemed to find it. I now hav about 10 and cannot wait to mass them near my gardens sitting area.

Positive Paulwhwest On May 7, 2005, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great plant! It blooms very profusely in the spring covering itself with flowers, and it has a sweet fragrance.

Neutral smiln32 On Oct 13, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Flower is a stunning shade of deep pink and is nearly fringed on the edges. Blooms from summer to fall if deadheaded. Prefers full sun but can tolerate some afternoon shade.

Neutral kris66 On Sep 2, 2004, kris66 from Souderton, PA wrote:

I planted this plant two years ago in zone 6. It's beautiful in the spring/early summer and smells great too. But it tends to look ratty for the rest of the season. I haven't been able to get it to rebloom after shearing off the seed heads.

Positive mason_bradford On Aug 21, 2003, mason_bradford from Conway, SC wrote:

This is a very well-suited planted plant for the garden that i picked up at Home Depot. It has the scent of cloves to it and will rebloom. Should be kept at about 8 to 10 inches to keep compact, but do not expect a big rebloom. I take garden shears and dead-head it in one whack; it doesn't care. Excellent plant, highly reccomended.


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

, (2 reports)
Hazel Green, Alabama
Sun City, Arizona
Elk Grove, California
Denver, Colorado
New Haven, Connecticut
Cape Coral, Florida
Chiefland, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida
Panama City, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Gainesville, Georgia
Homer, Georgia
Winterville, Georgia
Boise, Idaho
Kuna, Idaho
Des Plaines, Illinois
Lombard, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Flora, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
Olathe, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Coushatta, Louisiana
Raceland, Louisiana
Easton, Maryland
Frederick, Maryland
Bay City, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Madison Heights, Michigan
Owosso, Michigan
Stephenson, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Andover, Minnesota
Hopkins, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Mathiston, Mississippi
Florissant, Missouri
Holts Summit, Missouri
Lees Summit, Missouri
Maryville, Missouri
Pacific, Missouri
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Bronx, New York
Cortland, New York
Elba, New York
Gastonia, North Carolina
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Duncan Falls, Ohio
Xenia, Ohio
Youngstown, Ohio
Chiloquin, Oregon
Albion, Pennsylvania
Blakeslee, Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Rockwood, Tennessee
Sevierville, Tennessee
Arlington, Texas
Boerne, Texas
Frisco, Texas
Gilmer, Texas
Irving, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
Herriman, Utah
Riverton, Utah
Essex Junction, Vermont
Cle Elum, Washington
Freeland, Washington
Appleton, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Watertown, Wisconsin
Cody, Wyoming
Kinnear, Wyoming
Pavillion, Wyoming
Riverton, Wyoming

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