Dianthus Deltoides ‘Brilliant’

Dianthus Deltoides ‘Brilliant’

Dianthus Deltoides ‘Brilliant’; common name Pinks-Maiden,  in Dutch Steenanjer; in French Oeillet a delta.

Bright reddish-fuchsia blooms hover above dense, prostrate spreading mats of dark green to bronze evergreen foliage. Each of the 5 flower petals have serrated edges, looking as if they have been trimmed with pinking shears, hence the common name ‘Pinks’. If deadheaded, this species will flower heaviest in early summer and again in fall. Maiden Pinks are named for their habit of partially closing their petals at dusk, like a shy maiden would.

In the cooler seasons, the leaves of this cultivar tend to take on purplish-red tones, and then revert back to green in spring.

D. deltoides is one of the most aggressive Dianthus species, and if allowed to form seed, it will self-sow freely.


Planting Info/Characteristics:

Full sun/part shade, Flowering Jun-August, hight 20 cm (  4-6 Inches), Spread: plant 9 per square meter (9-12 Inches apart) . Attracts butterflies.  Low to average water needs. Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0) t6 Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0).  Growth rate – medium.

Dianthus grow best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Lime can be added to the soil if it is naturally acidic to raise the pH. Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas. Regular watering during prolonged dry spells will be necessary. However, they are tolerant of short periods of dryness.

Do a thorough clean-up in the fall to prevent pest and disease problems, and add a layer of mulch to protect the evergreen foliage. As soon as the weather begins to warm up, remove all of this mulch to prevent crown rot.

Dianthus can be propagated by division every few years in early spring, just as the new growth begins to appear. This is recommended because Dianthus tends to be a short-lived perennial otherwise. It is also easily raised from seed, but named varieties will not come true like the plain species will.


Date Planted

Planted it in a container with rose and clover April 2017 in Brugge, BE


Purchase Info

Bought as a small plant in a pot 2017, Brugge Belgium. Brand: Avenve





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