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PlantFiles: Cottage Pink, Feathered Pink, Garden Pink, Grass Pink
Dianthus plumarius 'Spring Beauty'

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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

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:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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:
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


1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tzulah On Aug 27, 2012, tzulah from Edmonton
Canada wrote:

I bought four of these plants from a local nursery a couple of years ago, and they have bloomed profusely, and continuously, even from the first year. They are stunning. I just noticed however, that each plant has very subtle differences in the flowers, but they are all very similar. In the spring, sometimes they get too wet and I have to trim away yellowed foliage but that hasn't stopped them from growing and spreading to the point where I need to divide them already.

I planted them in a sunny, usually dry location with a large compost component to the soil.

I'm in zone 2! Hurray for pretty plants that thrive here!

Neutral zville123 On May 23, 2008, zville123 from Zanesville, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I received this plant in a trade a couple of years ago and it has yet to flower. I can tell you one thing for sure, this is a dianthus that does not like to have it's foliage trimmed. I trimmed it back last fall before transplanting it, and I thought I'd lost it. It's slowly coming back. At this rate, it'll be years before I see it bloom. Good thing I have a bare spot on a sunny slope for it.

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

DIANTHUS SPRING BEAUTY Old Fashioned Clove Pink - Plant 14" apart. zone 3-9 Sweet clove scented double flowers in shades of pink, rose and white. Spreading plants are 12 - 15" tall. Cutting back spent stems will bring more flowers.

General Information:
Fragrant, not for Gulf states.

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

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

Have had this plant for 2 years and it has never flowered, although the clumps are getting bigger.


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

Salvisa, Kentucky
Zanesville, Ohio

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