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Deptford Pink Dianthus armeria


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Deptford PInk
credit: zen Sutherland/CCSA

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Family: Caryophyllaceae, Carnation view all from this family

Description This delicate plant can be identified by its white-spotted, toothed petals and its hairy, united sepals.
Habit: introduced annual or biennial herb; erect, stiff, jointed stem.
Height: 8-30 in (20-76 cm)
Leaf: at base, linear, slightly hairy, dark green, to 1-4 in (2.5-10 cm) long, to 0.3 in (8 mm) wide; on stem, opposite, narrower, in 5-10 pairs.
Flower: bright pink to magenta, 5-parted, 0.3-0.6 in (8-15 mm) wide; held in small flat terminal cluster of 2-5 flowerheads.
Fruit: capsule, cylindrical, with 4 valves opening to 4 teeth.

Flower May to October.

Habitat Gardens, pastures, fields, open woods, woodland edges, railways, roadsides, disturbed sites; also grown as an ornamental.

Range Native to Europe; introduced as an ornamental; escaped and naturalized throughout North America; not found in Alaska, northern or central Canada, Arizona, or North Dakota.

Discussion Considered weedy or invasive in some areas. Deptford pink once grew plentifully in the fields around Deptford, England, once a village south of the Thames, now an industrial area of London.