Dianthus Firewitch

available early May

Dianthus Firewitch


Dianthus 'Firewitch', a German introduction,  is one of the hardiest and easist dianthus to grow. Magenta-pink flowers with a wonderful spicy clove-like fragrance are produced in abundnace. The blue-gray, compact foliage quickly forms a solid mat, making it an excellent groundcover or rock garden plant. It is an essential to the cottage garden and perennial borders. 'Firewitch may remain  evergreen in winters with good snow cover. 

  • Height: 25 - 30 cm (10 - 12 in)
  • Spread: 30-35 cm (12-14 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3-9
  • Sun or Shade: Minimum 4 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: late spring to early summer with rebloom
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

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. Regular watering during prolonged dry spells will be necessary. However, they are tolerant of short periods of dryness. Plant them at the same level they were growing in the pots, Pinch or snip off dead flowers to prevent seed formation and encourage additional blooming. At the end of the growing season, cut flower stems back to the ground. Mulch is helpful but keep it away from the crown of the plant.