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Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Spotty'

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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

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Category:
Alpines and Rock Gardens
Groundcovers
Perennials

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pink
Red

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Evergreen
Blue-Green

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for cutting
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral berrygirl 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.

Neutral PurplePansies 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.

Positive RubyStar 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.



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