Cheddar Pink
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Mountain Mist'

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: Mountain Mist

Category:

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Blue-Green

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Columbia, Missouri

Knoxville, Tennessee

Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
2
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RatingContent
Positive

On May 2, 2011, InsaniD from Columbia, MO wrote:

A lovely Pink - this has a very strong, deep and sensuous scent. Like other Dianthus of this type, it will go "woody" at the stem bases and will require a foliage shear (leave about 2-3 inches above ground) in the early spring to keep it from getting leggy and falling over and eventually dying out. Goes great with 'Itsaul'.

Neutral

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

Short 12" - Plant 14" apart. Zone 3-8 Drought and heat resistant with silver blue foliage. Medium pink petals with ripped feathery edges. Long stems. Deadheading and picking flowers for indoors will prolong blooming. Do not shear foliage. Needs a well drained soil.

Neutral

On Jun 22, 2004, keno from Ottawa, ON (Zone 4a) wrote:

This plant has very shallow roots. When it was in full bloom, the plant toppled - uprooted. It is the first time something like this happened to me. Then I realized the roots of this plant, after a full year, is only 1 inch deep.