name: "Maiden Pinks"
Latin name: Dianthus deltoides 'Brilliant Red'
Elevation to: 9,000'
Growth habit: Mat forming
Max height: 6" -8"
Spread: 12" - 18"
Flowers: Yes, May - June Flower type: Native to area: No
Available varieties: 6+
The Dianthus family is quite large containing seven different
groups of plant types. "Maiden Pinks" are useful as
borders, edging or growing in containers.
Plant in full sun in
well drained soil. Many of the deltoides Dianthus are prolific
re-seeders. When mulching for winter protection avoid the use of
organic mulches such as bark chips or straw. These organic mulches
may cause fungus outbreaks on the delicate stems of Dianthus. Pine
bows cut from your Christmas tree should work well. Dianthus 'Brilliant
Red' grows well in containers.
Many varieties of perennial Dianthus are difficult for the home
gardener to grow from seed. It is best to purchase pre-started
Dianthus plants at your
local Garden Center or greenhouse. Established plants may be divided in spring.
Potential pests ~ diseases:
Fungal diseases and slugs.