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Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch (Feuerhexe)'

Clove Pinks, Cheddar Pinks

Dianthus 'Firewitch'(Feuerhexe), 2006 perennial plant of the year, is low growing and thus makes a great ground cover of deep blue, linear, grass-like foliage. The flowers are deep violet pink, omit the sweet fragrance of carnations, and bloom heavily in the spring. It's tight foliage holds up well in cold, heat, and humidity.

Height: 6-8 Inches
Spread: 12 Inches
Zone: 5-8
Color: Pink

Clove Pinks Characteristics & Attributes

Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Early Spring
Nature Attraction
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Ground Cover
Dry Sun
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Clove Pinks

Full sun in well drained soils. Prefers slightly alkaline, fertile soils. A tolerant, low maintenance plant. Deadheading will encourage reblooming.

Interesting Notes

Many gardeners despair because they have neither the perfect soil, drainage nor humidity to grow Cheddar Pinks successfully. Selection and hybridization have come to their rescue. The ones mentioned below, Dianthus 'Bath's Pink', D.'Firewitch' and D.'Mountain Mist', are blessed with a high percentage of D.gratianopolitanus heritage and are hardy from zones 3-8. All Dianthus are members of the Caryophyllaceae family. All three of these Dianthus are excellent plants for the rock garden, for the foreground of a raised bed where they can ramble over the edges and for slopes. Because of their spreading tendency (they will all grow 18-24" in diameter), they are outstanding groundcovers but can be kept to any size merely by pruning the foliage in very early spring or after the first flush of bloom. Propagation is by seed or terminal cuttings. Similar to Dianthus 'Bath's Pink', D.'Firewitch' has clove-scented, magenta flowers and deep blue foliage. Heavy spring bloom is followed by more rebloom, if deadheaded, than the other Dianthus mentioned. ONLA Plants