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Maiden Pink

Dianthus deltoides

Also known as

Lady's Cushion, Meadow Pink, Spink

Dianthus deltoides 001 by Louperivois (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Maiden Pink

A close up of a pink Dianthus deltoides flower
A close up of some red Dianthus deltoides flowers
A close up of some pink Dianthus deltoides flowers in nature
A close up of some pink Dianthus deltoides flowers in nature
A close up of some pink Dianthus deltoides flowers in nature

Maiden Pink Overview

Dianthus deltoides is an evergreen perennial with a mat-forming growth habit. It produces narrow, grey-green foliage and showy, scented flowers with 5 wide petals in the summer. The petals have distinctive toothed margins, creating a frilly effect. Flower colours include shades of pink, red and white. Typically this species blooms at a height of around 20cm. Although it is perennial, they are more often grown as biennial plants as they are relatively short-lived. Grows best in neutral to slightly alkaline, well-draining soil in full sun. This is lovely planted in a rock garden or along the edge of a border.

Common problems with Maiden Pink

How to propagate Maiden Pink



Propagate perennials by layering or from cuttings in summer; annuals and biennials from seed in autumn or early spring.


Special features of Maiden Pink

Attractive flowers

Ground cover

Mat-forming growth habit lends to groundcover planting.

Other uses of Maiden Pink

Rock garden, container, border, edging, fragrance, wall or trellis