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Edgehog Variegated Cottage Pinks

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Edgehog Variegated Cottage Pinks (Dianthus plumarius ‘Edgehog’)Vibrant hot pink semi-double flowers in spring; blue-green foliage is variegated with cream edges, and is quite attractive on its own; pair up with summer blooming perennials and annuals to time a continued flower display


Average Landscape Height:
4 inches (6 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
12 inches
Growth Rate:
Flower Color:
hot pink
Flower Period:
from early to late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
Maximum Moisture:
Plant Form:
spring cleanup
Pollution Tolerance:
Other Species Names:
Border Pinks, Cheddar Pinks
8 inches
Flower Form:
Flower Fragrance:

Ornamental Features

Edgehog Variegated Cottage Pinks is smothered in stunning fragrant hot pink frilly flowers at the ends of the stems from early to late spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves remain bluish-green in color with distinctive creamy white edges throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Edgehog Variegated Cottage 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.

Planting & Growing

Edgehog Variegated Cottage Pinks will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 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 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. 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.

Edgehog Variegated Cottage 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.