Dianthus 'Firewitch'

Grower's Comments: Long flowering; deadhead for continuous blooms

To 8 inches

3 to 9

Slightly serrated, 3 to 4 inches long, muted color

Petals, serrated, lightly scented

Full sun

None needed; best to dead-head to have constant blooms all summer

None noted


Dianthus, variously known as sweet William, pinks, maiden pink, and carnation, is from the Greek words for “flower of the gods” (meaning Zeus; Jove, or Jupiter, to the Romans).



Dianthus or Cheddar Pink 'Firewitch' has low-growing, bluish-gray leaves that stay evergreen in most climates. Its flowers are bright purplish to magenta pink and bloom for weeks in mid-spring.
The plant has a mat-forming habit of growth, with leaves that get about three to four inches tall. The flower stems, which cover the entire plant when in bloom, reach about eight inches tall.
This Cheddar Pink is hardy from USDA Zones 3 to 9, and easy to grow in full sun and well-drained soil. Avoid planting it in poorly drained conditions, or heavy wet clay.
You can encourage more flowers by shearing off the finished blooms right after flowering in mid-spring. This promotes a second flush of color in summer – and if you shear them again, you will even get flowers in early autumn.
As with most perennials that rebloom, the first flush of color is at its best early in the season.