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Dianthus ‘Firewitch’ | Plant Profile

Dianthus ‘Firewitch’ (Dianthus ‘Feuerhexe’) is one of many varieties of the Dianthus genus. ‘Firewitch’ is a carpeting groundcover that is covered in vibrant magenta-to-purple blooms. These long-lived blooms are prominent in spring but may intermittently appear throughout summer.

Dianthus prefer medium-moisture soils in full sun. Soil should be of average fertility. ‘Firewitch’ can be somewhat drought-tolerant, and does not tolerate poorly drained soils.

The vibrant colors and groundcover habit make these plants perfect for edging sidewalks or small gardens. They can accent larger shrubs and bring contrast when planted with evergreens or in rock gardens.


Dianthus 'Firewitch' Characteristics

Dianthus 'Firewitch' have dark green-blue, grass-like foliage with many bright flowers rising above the body of the plant. These are mat-forming perennials that can be installed as groundcovers if planted in mass.

When blooming, the flowers will nearly cover the entire plant, bringing vibrancy and interest in spring and intermittent blooms throughout summer.

The most common issue with 'Firewitch' is poorly-drained soils, which can result in crown or root rot. Deadhead spent blooms to prevent self-seeding and propagation.

'Firewitch' is an eye-catching addition to most gardens with its numerous magenta flowers. It can be used in edging for gardens or pathways. Because it is relatively tolerant of drought and 'creeps' as it grows, 'Firewitch' can crawl up stone walls, bringing classic beauty to English style gardens.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones  3 - 8
.25 - .50'
.50 - 1.00'
Bloom Time
May - June
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?