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Products > Dianthus 'Gloriosa'
Dianthus 'Gloriosa' - Silver Pink

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Caryophyllaceae (Pinks)
Origin: Garden Origin
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Pink
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Dianthus 'Seattle Shaggy']
Parentage: (Dianthus plumarius x D. caryophyllus)
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Dianthus 'Gloriosa' (Silver Pink) - A beautiful perennial with narrow blue-gray foliage that trails along the ground to form a low growing mound 8 to 12 inches tall to several feet wide. In late spring to mid-summer appear the fragrant double lavender pink flowers that have a touch of red at the base of the petals in the center of the flower. Best in full sun but will grow in light shade and irrigate infrequently to occasionally a summer dry growing plant once established. Hardy to below 0 F (to USDA Zone 5). This is a great little pink for the dry garden but very hard to keep nice in a nursery container. The fragrance, reminiscent of clove hints at the heritage of this plant as it was the result of crossing a pink (Dianthus plumarius) with the carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus). This old hybrid was thought to be bred in the 1700's in Scotland and thought to be lost in cultivation until rediscovered by Leone Bell in a Seattle, Washington garden in 1980. The name for the genus comes from the Greek name used by Theophrastus meaning the "flower of Zeus". Our thanks go out to John Bleck for our original cuttings of this great little plant and to Shirley Kirens at the Huntington Botanic Garden for identifying it. We first offered this plant in 2005.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Dianthus 'Gloriosa'.