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Cheddar Pink 'Spotty'

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)
Cultivar: Spotty


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Provides winter interest

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:


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

Plant Care:
Deadheading and picking flowers for indoors will prolong blooming. Do not shear foliage. Needs a well drained soil.


On Jul 2, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a LOVELY little dianthus with a (magenta colored) perfect little white dot on each petal. I haven't grown if for long so can't give much more info but it is pretty looking and highly recommended. The name suits it and as Rubstar suggested is "cute" as well. :)
Unfortunately this plant overwintered HORRIBLY. Came back half dead and gangly. And soon died during the spring. The plant is gone (dead) I had to rip it out. I grow many dianthuses with success so maybe this cultivar is not very "sturdy"? Since it "could" have been my fault I will give neutral and not negative.


On Jun 17, 2003, RubyStar from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Fun, cute, very long bloomer. Doesn't spread very fast so I tuck the plants a little closer together than the recommended spacing (although I don't cram them together!). Foliage is spikey blue-green and evergreen. Likes well-draining soil, particularly in winter. Deadheading prolongs the bloom, though it will bloom pretty well anyway.

A happy little dianthus that has done its job beautifully in my garden and always brings a smile to my face.

Is part of a group of ever-blooming hybrids developed by the Fleming brothers of Fleming's Flower Fields.