General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 6 to 8 inches (15-20cm)
Plant Spread: 6 to 12 inches (15-30cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Silvery-blue, Blue-green
Flowers: Showy
Other: Clove-scented
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Magenta, Magenta-pink
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Sheer back to foliage for re-bloom
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Suitable for miniature gardens
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2006 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year
Child plants: one child plant

Common names
  • Cheddar Pink
  • Dianthus
Also sold as:
  • Firewitch
  • Fire Witch

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  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Dec 6, 2011 3:21 AM concerning plant:
    'Firewitch' is a great Dianthus to grow, but you need to know what it likes. It likes a lean and well drained soil. I always add all purpose sand that I get at Lowe's (inside store) to the planting hole and top it with small gravel for the mulch. I used to use small pea gravel, which was fine, but now I started using small crushed limestone gravel. I also add some gypsum into the hole to help with the drainage and add a little garden lime, since it's likes an alkaline soil.

    Don't use wood mulch and don't make the planting hole rich with organic matter for this plant. Remember, it likes a lean soil.

    The scent of the flowers is wonderfully fragrant! The flowers are magenta in color. They're small, but you'll get a lot of flowers. After the first flush of flowers have faded, cut back, but not too short, and you'll get another flush of flowers. You can deadhead each individual flower, which I've done in the past or shear the whole plant.

    I love 'Firewitch' and love growing it! This is my favorite Dianthus to grow out of all the Dianthus varieties! Wouldn't be without it. I'm thinking about planting it in a container just to enjoy it more throughout our growing season!

    This was the 2006 Plant of the Year.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 27, 2014 7:30 PM concerning plant:
    Cheddar Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) 'Firewitch' is a delightful dianthus cultivar. The foliage is a grass-like silvery green, and the magenta blossoms bloom profusely from late spring to late summer. Unfortunately, I included too much rich organic material in the soil, and I over-mulched, and it ended up with root rot midway through its second season. I really liked this Dianthus cultivar, though, and may get it again someday.
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