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Dianthus gratianopolitanus is the 'Cheddar Pink' width=

A varied group of plants Dianthus include what we call carnations, however these versatile plants have a lot more to offer the gardener than florists flowers.

Varieties such as Dianthus gratianopolitanus or 'Cheddar Pink' have an interesting history, the name comes from where they are found 'Cheddar Gorge'.

Lots of common names, including ‘Pinks' and ‘Sweet William' nearly all varieties thrive in full sun and provide masses of flowers from spring through summer.

They will grow well in USDA Zones 3 - 10 depending on variety. As these plants are grown as perennials, annuals and biennials they do need to be treated differently in different zones.


In general Dianthus thrive in a humus rich moist but well drained soil. They do like full sun, however they will do better in warmer climates with some protection form the hea t of the afternoon.

So for general Dianthus Care

  • Sunny Position
  • Well drained Soil
  • Some additional water during long dry periods.
  • Seaweed fertilizer every 3 - 4 weeks

The same goes for pot or container grown Dianthus.

Dianthus Plants are available for sale from the following selected Plant Nurseries.

500 N. Sequim Ave. Sequim, WA 98382

CLASSY GROUNDCOVERS - fax: 443-773-5627
PO Box 2556 city: Blairsville GA 30514