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PlantFiles: Maiden Pink
Dianthus deltoides 'Brilliant'

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

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

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


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive stormyla On Jun 14, 2008, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Brilliant color. Loaded with blooms. Will give another lesser bloom with shearing. Plant these at least 24" apart.

Positive jhyshark On Jun 28, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Very nice... filled in a rock garden space very quickly. The foliage on mine has turned very dark green, which gives one more good bit of contrast when it is not in bloom. Blooming deep magenta this year, but was more pink last year. Why?!

Positive langbr On May 15, 2004, langbr from Olathe, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

Purchased a total of 3 3-inch potted plants in April 2003 and in May 2004 these have grown into a 18-24 inch mat. Foliage was semi-evergreen for me this past winter which was mild. Is now producing nice thick patch of blooms for me. (see photo gallery). Zone 5b/6

Neutral carolann On Jun 24, 2003, carolann from Auburn, NH wrote:

Lovely little flower, but unlike the several other dianthus cultivars here in our z5 garden, this one blooms only sparsely - not so much as to give it a negative at this point as this is only year 2 in our garden.


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

Old Lyme, Connecticut
Seymour, Connecticut
Chicago, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Olathe, Kansas
Scottville, Michigan
Lincoln, Nebraska
Auburn, New Hampshire
Somerset, New Jersey
Lima, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Chimacum, Washington
Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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