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Dianthus deltoides 'Artic Fire'
[Maiden Pinks]
Size (ships bareroot) - 3" $5.00
Height Light
Under 12 in. Partial Sun Early Summer White 3 - 9

Smaller, icy white blooms with a sharply contrasting, bright fuchsia ring around the medium pink eye zone light up their surroundings. Petals have serrated edges, looking as if they have been trimmed with pinking shears, hence the common name 'Pinks'. If deadheaded, this species will flower heaviest in early summer and again in fall. These bright flowers are set against a background of dark green foliage which forms a prostrate spreading mat that makes a good groundcover.

Care: Dianthus grow best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas. A layer of mulch to protect the evergreen foliage but remove all of this mulch early to prevent crown rot. Dianthus can be propagated by division every few years in early spring, just as the new growth begins to appear. This is recommended because Dianthus tends to be a short-lived perennial otherwise.

Other Attributes:
Groundcover Good cut flower
Dries well Attracts butterflies
Long bloomer
Dianthus deltoides 'Artic Fire'

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