DESCRIPTION: A robust variety bearing single, fuchsia flowers in late spring to early summer, over a cushion of blue-green, grass-like leaves; has a mild, clove-like, spicy fragrance; will sporadically re-bloom throughout...
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DESCRIPTION: A robust variety bearing single, fuchsia flowers in late spring to early summer, over a cushion of blue-green, grass-like leaves; has a mild, clove-like, spicy fragrance; will sporadically re-bloom throughout the summer.

BOTANICAL NAME: Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch'
OTHER NAMES: Clove Pinks
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 15-20 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 25 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Bright magenta-pink 
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Silvery green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attractive Foliage, Attracts Butterflies, Border, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Fragrant, Groundcover

Ornamental Features

Firewitch Cheddar Pinks has masses of beautiful fragrant fuchsia frilly flowers with white eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive grassy leaves remain silvery blue in colour throughout the year. 

Landscape Attributes

Firewitch Cheddar Pinks is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Firewitch Cheddar Pinks is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Firewitch Cheddar Pinks will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 10 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Firewitch Cheddar Pinks is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. 

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