Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers slightly alkaline soils. Species tolerates heat and humidity (as well as some drought) better than most other species of dianthus. Remove spent flowers to promote continued bloom. Avoid planting in areas with poor drainage where crowns will remain wet in winter.
This mat-forming cheddar pink produces numerous, scented, bright magenta flowers singly atop wiry stems (to 6" tall) arising from tufted mounds of grassy, deep blue, linear foliage. Blooms in spring with some intermittent repeat bloom in summer.
No serious insect or disease problems. Crown rot may occur in wet, poorly-drained conditions.
Provides masses of color and good contrast for the rock garden or small border front. Good edging plant. Dense mats may be grown together to form an interesting ground cover. May also be grown on difficult sites such as stone walls.