Dianthus, Garden Pinks, Maiden Pinks 'Zing Rose'

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: Zing Rose


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


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


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

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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)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Huntsville, Alabama

Elk Grove, California

Kiowa, Colorado

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Hopkins, Minnesota

Oak Ridge, New Jersey

East Amherst, New York

Belfield, North Dakota

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Marinette, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 9, 2017, Susan_Hartwig from Lancaster, NY wrote:

This plant makes a bright, thick, mat forming ground cover. The cheerful little pink flowers cover the plant in spring. Sheering off the seeds pods after flowering keeps a nice tidy appearance, but waiting until after it has gone to seed with help it spread through self seeding. They like a mostly sunny, well drained soil. One thing to consider is that this plant does best when divided every 3 years or so. It tends to die out in the middle, so transplant the outside areas, and discard the center. Very pretty with other late Spring/ early Summer blooming flowers like forget me nots, woodland phlox, English bluebells, and late blooming tulips. This is a wonderful little plant.


On Apr 30, 2012, ZippyPinHed from Oak Ridge, NJ wrote:

Growing without a problem for 10 years now. Each year I collect seed, trade some and use the rest to expand the planting along my rock walls. Given the acid rain problem in the northeast, lime is absolutely necessary. In addition, I add bonemeal each March all the dianthus and lavender plants.


On May 28, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I've had trouble growing dianthus before. Sometimes they don't come back after the winter, sometimes the middle dies out, sometimes they just don't impress me much. But I really love my Zing Rose--they made it through a REAL Minnesota winter just fine. I think that leaving them bare might be better than covering or mulching for the winter.
Update 2011: I removed these from my garden. Short-lived perennial? Just didn't look nice any longer.


On Nov 5, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is sometimes also known as Maiden Pinks. It is a great repeat bloomer and will also self-seed. Can be used as a groundcover as it only reaches a height of 6-8".


On Apr 19, 2004, debi_z from Springfield, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

a very pretty dianthus. mine, as most of my dianthus, bloom very nicely the first season and then don't do as well the following year. this didn't make it into the 3rd year, although it could have been our severe winter here in massachusetts with temps below my zone for several weeks on end.
i have problems with all dianthus in my gardens. terry mentioned they like alkaline soil, perhaps this is the reason.
i gave it a neutral because i feel it is my problem, not the plants. ;)


On Jun 1, 2003, lauburt from Vancouver, WA wrote:

Cheerful, bright blooms. Compact growth habit. Excellent plant!


On Aug 31, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Zing Rose has a lovely deep pink bloom and a compact habit. The flowers are slightly larger than some of the deltoides.