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 by 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 near the center of the flower.
Best planted in full sun but will grow nicely in part sun to light shade. Irrigate infrequently to only 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 then lost in cultivation until rediscovered by Leone Bell in a Seattle, Washington garden in 1980. The name of the genus comes from the Greek words 'Dios' meaning "of Zeus" and 'anthos' meaning "flower" so means the "flower of Zeus" as was cited by the Greek botanist Theophrastus. Our thanks go out to John Bleck for our original cuttings of this great little plant and to the late Shirley Kirens at the Huntington Botanic Garden for identifying it. We first offered this plant in 2005 and is has long been a favorite of local Santa Barbara gardeners.
Information about Dianthus 'Gloriosa' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.