Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers fertile, alkaline, somewhat gritty loams with good drainage. Tolerates some part afternoon shade, particularly in hot summer climates. Plants tend to die out in the center if drainage is not superior. Division may be necessary every 2-3 years. Prompt removal of spent flowers may prolong bloom period, but is quite labor intensive. For larger plantings, it is perhaps more practical to simply shear off spent flowers after bloom.
Maiden pink is an evergreen perennial that typically forms loose spreading mats of foliage. Narrow, linear to lance-shaped leaves. Heavily fringed, slightly fragrant, single flowers appear on branched flowering stems in late spring. ‘Zing Rose’ features bright rose colored flowers. Evergreen foliage remains attractive year-round, as long as soils are given consistent moisture during the growing season.
No serious insect or disease problems. Leaf spot can be troublesome in humid summers, particularly where plants are crowded. Crown rot may attack plants grown in moist to wet, poorly drained soils.
Rock gardens, border fronts, edgings and containers. Evergreen foliage can serve as an attractive ground cover year-round.