Dianthus, Clove Pinks, Cottage Pinks 'Spring Beauty'

Dianthus plumarius

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


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink




White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Salvisa, Kentucky

Zanesville, Ohio

Gardeners' Notes:


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!


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.


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


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.