Cheddar Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Feuerhexe') in the Dianthus Database

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Also sold as:
Firewitch
Fire Witch

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 6 to 8 inches (15-20cm)
Plant Spread: 6 to 12 inches (15-30cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Other: Silvery-blue, Blue-green
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
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
Groundcover
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
Bees
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

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Location: My gardenDate: 2018-04-12Glowing neon pink
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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Dec 6, 2011 3:21 AM

'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.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 27, 2014 7:30 PM

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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