Deptford Pink Dianthus armeria L.

Deptford pink is an herbaceous annual or biennial plant growing to 1 to 2 feet tall.

It has patches of fine white hairs beneath each opposite pair of leaves, otherwise they are mostly glabrous. The opposite leaves are up to 3 inches long. They are linear, sessile, and usually slightly pubescent. The base of each pair of leaves wraps around the stem in a sheath, where the stem is somewhat broader and knobby. Each small flower consists of five spreading petals, a tubular green calyx with five teeth, 10 stamens with pink anthers, and two styles. The petals are pink with small white dots. Each petal is wedge-shaped at its base, and crenate or dentate toward its outer edge.

The plant spreads by seed. Each seed is orbicular or rein form and flattened with small bumps across its surface. The root system consists of a slender taproot.

 The plant can overtake roadsides, ditches and fields.

(Information from -- Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health)



Photo credits

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2:

Steve Hurst, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database