Dianthus, Maiden Pinks 'Arctic Fire'

Dianthus deltoides

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


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

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

Seed Collecting:

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

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

, (2 reports)

Seward, Alaska

Paradise, California

Aurora, Colorado

Cordele, Georgia

Pukalani, Hawaii

Greenville, Indiana

Attleboro, Massachusetts

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Scottville, Michigan

Hibbing, Minnesota

Florence, Mississippi

Sandown, New Hampshire

Durham, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Trafford, Pennsylvania

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Essex Junction, Vermont

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 14, 2016, JBtheExplorer from Southeast, WI wrote:

I grow this plant along the edge of my pond. It looks great year round. Although the blooms are nice, I actually prefer it when it isn't blooming. It's a really nice thick groundcover. However, I prefer native plants, so I will eventually be replacing it with a native plant such as Sisyrinchium Angustifolium or Coreopsis Lanceolata, but I have no complaints with my experience with this Dianthus. It was a cheap way to add some plant life around my pond.


On Apr 15, 2005, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I already have the white form of it. I 've recently sowed Arctic Fire. Seeds germinated in no time...less then three days ! I 've sowed them in my sunroom...so on a warm and sunny spot. Seeds were gathered at least in 2002.. so seeds can be stored very well. There 's one thing I miss with these...the wonderfull fragnance of Dianthus. In my garden it blooms most of the season. I cut these back now and then during the season roughly with a pair of scissors.


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

Very happy in the rock garden, and a bright spot of color beginning late June.


On Jan 10, 2003, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Arctic Fire is a nice little maiden pink that performs well in rock gardens, containers, and troughs. Each white bloom has a cherry red center. It is a hardy perennial in our Alaskan Zone 3 climate.