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Deptford Pink

Dianthus armeria


It is a herbaceous annual or biennial plant growing to 60 cm tall. The leaves are hairy, dark green, slender, up to 5 cm long. The flowers are 8–15 mm diameter, with five petals, bright reddish-pink; they are produced in small clusters at the top of the stems from early to late summer


Spotted in an open field in Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge, MD. Grows well in fields, roadsides, clearings, and other open, disturbed habitats.


Some authorities consider this plant, a European native, to be weedy or invasive. This is supported by the fact that this introduced species is now found in the wild in all but three states (not known in Arizona, Alaska, or North Dakota) as well as much of Canada.

1 Species ID Suggestions

PucaK 8 years ago
Deptford Pink
Dianthus armeria Dianthus armeria

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1 Comment

marylou.wildlife 8 years ago

Thank you PucaK for the ID! Looks spot on, just sad it is not a native!

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Maryland, USA

Spotted on Jun 16, 2015
Submitted on Jul 13, 2015

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