Dianthus, Cheddar Pinks 'Bath's Pink'

Dianthus gratianopolitanus

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: gratianopolitanus (grat-ee-an-oh-pol-it-AH-nus) (Info)
Cultivar: Bath's Pink


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:


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:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


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

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:


Gadsden, Alabama

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Kiowa, Colorado

New Haven, Connecticut

Bear, Delaware

Atlanta, Georgia

Braselton, Georgia

Buford, Georgia

Royston, Georgia

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Logansport, Indiana

Hebron, Kentucky

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Pikesville, Maryland

Bronx, New York

Yorktown Heights, New York

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Chiloquin, Oregon

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Haltom City, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Marion, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

Suffolk, Virginia

West Point, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 17, 2010, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

Go for really good drainage. Gallon pots buried to the rim in pit run gravel have done very well for me, spreading out to make yard wide mats of foliage with lots of spring flowers.


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

Short 8 - Plant 15" apart. Sweet clove scent. Single pink blossoms show a magenta inner ring with ripped outer petals. Forms spreading low mound of blue green quills. Tolerates high heat and humidity.


On Oct 19, 2006, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

The blue-green needle-like foliage is attractive all season. The flowers make a sea of pink in late spring. They're great cut flowers!

It spreads about 8" each year, but is very easy to keep in bounds because the outward growth doesn't put down roots right away and is easily snipped back. If you want more, just take the trimmings and stick them in the ground!


On May 23, 2006, missgarney from Cullowhee, NC (Zone 6b) wrote:

Exuberant and prolonged blooming with this plant in a dry-stack-stone-edged raised bed; green and attractive all year long; swarming with butterflies when in full bloom; very easy to grow here in zone 6B and worth it just to have the winter greenery, let alone flowers.


On May 8, 2005, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great plant great growing habit. Sweet fragrance. Highly reccommend a try.


On Apr 16, 2005, Magwar from Royston, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Growing along an embankment and doing excellent. Tip: a little bit of fertilizer goes a long way with this variety. Works well as a ground cover as well.


On Dec 22, 2004, victorgardener from Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Bloomed better after adding lime.