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PlantFiles: Dianthus, Cheddar Pink
Dianthus 'First Love'

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Cultivar: First Love

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


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15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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5 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LeslieT On Feb 28, 2010, LeslieT from Bellaire, TX wrote:

This is a fabulous perennial for Houston-area gardens! It blooms nearly year round here . . it's full of bloom right now after our unusually cold January. It naturalizes in my garden where it's grown in either morning sun or partial shade. It doesn't seem to have any problems in my garden, although I do have to fight to keep the oxalis and wild violet out of it. This plant looks pitiful in tiny 4" containers so most nurseries don't want to bother with it. I've only seen 1-gallon-sized containers for sale and this rarely. Grab it if you see it or order it.

Positive trackinsand On Apr 7, 2008, trackinsand from mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

i've had this plant in my garden for over a year now and they do not ever take a break! always in bloom, even when we had light frosts. i trim out the brown stems and old flowerheads-not as often as i should.

should add that when it starts to look raggedy, just take a scissors and trim it almost to the ground. it will come right back and be blooming in no time.

has survived hard freezes, drought and is disease and pest free in my florida garden.

Positive vossner On Mar 16, 2008, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

First Love would be more appropriately named if it were "Forever Love". Everybody should have this in their garden. A blooming machine, with all tones of pink, from palest (almost white) to the yummiest cherry pink. Also, this dianthus is frag. but you put your nose close to bloom.

Positive ladychroe On Jun 29, 2007, ladychroe from Bridgewater, NJ wrote:

I planted a tiny start of First Love a few weeks ago. It is already blooming. The blooms are facinating... they go from the purest, clearest white to a vivid hot pink, and then fade to lavende
r. The individual flowers open up at different time, so you have a plant with many dramatically differently-colored blossoms at once. Very pretty effect.

I've only had this plant for a short time so I can't definitively comment on its disease resistance or habit. But it seems vigorous and healthy so far and has doubled its size in just a few weeks.

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

Short 15" - Plant 18" apart. zone 3-8. Intensely fragrant flowers that change from pure white to deep rose, April to frost.

Blooms: Late Spring, Early summer to Fall

Flower Color: White

Sun-Shade: Full Sun

Accent Color: Rose

Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy

Plant Height: Short

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

Neutral sadie_mae On Dec 11, 2004, sadie_mae from Central, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Love the flowers but the foliage is always ugly and spotted in my garden. Is hardy to zone 6, this is 2nd year for the plants and we got down to -10 one night last winter.

Positive TamiMcNally On Jun 17, 2004, TamiMcNally from Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Flowers open white and turn pink then lavender.


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

Sarasota, Florida
Salvisa, Kentucky
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Natchez, Mississippi
Saint Louis, Missouri
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Austin, Texas
Bellaire, Texas
Frisco, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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