Dianthus, Cheddar Pinks, Clove Pinks 'First Love'


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


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 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


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly




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)

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.


On Mar 21, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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


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.


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

Flowers open white and turn pink then lavender.