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Cottage Pink, Feathered Pink, Garden Pink, Grass Pink 'Itsaul White'

Dianthus plumarius

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: plumarius (ploo-MAH-ree-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Itsaul White


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Hamden, Connecticut

Cordele, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Des Plaines, Illinois

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 16, 2007, angihansen from Watkinsville, GA wrote:

A pretty, evergreen, grass-like plant with blue-green foliage that contrasts nicely even when next to a lawn... the height is similar most of the year, but the color differentiates it well. When planted en masse, is strongly fragrant (easily smelled from a few feet away, and sometimes as much as 15 feet away), and can fool people into thinking my roses actually have scent ;) (albeit not the classic rose scent!). Be aware that the flower stalks are 18 inches tall, so using this as an edger for 12-inch plants is not a good idea! Considered a groundcover plant, it spreads well, fanning out above-ground and then sending down new roots, so it's easy to spot where the growth is happening and keep it in check if desired.


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

Short 12" - Plant 10" Apart. Pure white blooms with a vanilla scent. Blue-green evergreen foliage. Spreading habit, and extra longevity.

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