Dianthus Cranberry Cocktail
photo of Dianthus Cranberry Cocktail courtesy of Walters Gardens


The large flowers of 'Cranberry Cocktail' look and smell like mini-carnations. You can enjoy them in your sunny perennial or rock garden as well as cutting them for bouquets. The fully double, hot magenta pink flowers are 5 cms across, which is very large for a Dianthus. The blooms re hold upright on very strong stems over attractive grey green foliage.

  • Height: 20 - 25 cm (8 - 10 in)
  • Spread: 30 - 36 cm (12 - 14 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-9
  • Sun or Shade: sun
  • Bloom Time: early summer with fall rebloom
  • Leaf Colour: grey green
  • Bloom Colour: magenta pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Dianthus grow best in full sun in loose, fertile well drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH and even moisture. Adding a little grit to the soil will improve drainage because excessive moisture can kill the plants. Dianthus can handle short periods of dryness but watering is necessary during drought. Dead heading regularly will encourage repeat bloom and keep the plants looking attractive. After the first flush of bloom cut all the spent flower stems down to encourage another flush of bloom later in the summer. The foliage is evergreen in our area so a spring trim is necessary to clean up winter damage