Maiden Pink (Dianthus deltoides)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Maiden Pink
Dianthus deltoides

Low growing spreading plant that offers early spring flower; color followed by attractive mat-like blue-green foliage 
Prefers a well-drained soil in a full sun site.  

'Brilliant' 3-6 inches tall pink flowers

'Flashing Light' 3-6 inches tall red flowers

'Zing Rose' 6-12 inches tall pink flowers

'Zing Salmon' 6-12 inches tall pink flowers

'Albus' 4-6 inches tall white flowers

Mature Height
6-12 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 9 
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - June
Soil Conditions
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Insect Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Pythium root rot, fusarium wilt, rhizoctonia crown rot, rust, alternaria, aphids
Additional Notes
Well-drained soils help prolong the life of dianthus otherwise they are a short lived perennial. Cutting back plants by half after flowering helps to encourage a rebloom. Good drainage and alkaline soils helps promote rapid spread of plant. Hot humid summers result in melting out of the centers of the plant. Reported to be deer resistant.


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