Dianthus armeria (Deptford Pink)
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|Life cycle:||annual, biennial|
|Habitat:||part shade, sun; roadsides, fields, open woods, waste areas|
|Bloom season:||June - September|
|Plant height:||8 to 24 inches|
|Wetland Indicator Status:||GP: UPL MW: UPL NCNE: UPL|
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Flowers are solitary or in clusters of 3 to 6 at the top of the stem and the occasional branching stem in the upper plant. Flowers are 1/3 to ½ inch across, with 5 light to shocking pink petals, dotted white, hairy, and toothed on the tip half. In the center are 10 stamens with purplish tips. The bracts are long and narrow, often extending beyond the flowers.
Leaves and stems:
Leaves are up to 3 inches long and 1/8 inch wide, toothless, finely hairy around the edges especially near the base, tapering to a blunt or pointed tip, bulging at the leaf node where a pair of opposite leaves join the stem, often with fine white hairs covering the node. Stems are green, slender and stiff, mostly hairless except at the leaf nodes and near the flowers.
Deptford Pink is a pretty one, indeed. Brought in through the gardening trade, it has escaped cultivation and is making its way across Minnesota. Similar is another less common garden escapee, Maiden Pink (Dianthus deltoides), which has broader petals and a distinct dark ring around the center of the flower.
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Photos by K. Chayka taken near Stillwater in Washington County. Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk taken in Washington and Anoka counties.
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