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Tiny Rubies Dwarf Mat Pinks

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies'

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Tiny Rubies Dwarf Mat Pinks (Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies') at Schulte's Greenhouse & Nursery

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies' flowers

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies' flowers

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Tiny Rubies Dwarf Mat Pinks (Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies') at Schulte's Greenhouse & Nursery

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies' in bloom

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies' in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  2 inches

Flower Height:  4 inches

Spacing:  5 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Cheddar Pinks, Clove Pinks

Description:

A low mat of frilly, double pink flowers that rise above neat mounds of blue-green foliage; a great, hardy, and very tiny groundcover

Ornamental Features

Tiny Rubies Dwarf Mat Pinks has masses of beautiful fragrant pink frilly flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive grassy leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Tiny Rubies Dwarf Mat Pinks is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Tiny Rubies Dwarf Mat Pinks is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Tiny Rubies Dwarf Mat Pinks will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 6 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 5 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Tiny Rubies Dwarf Mat Pinks is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features