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Dianthus armeria
Deptford pink

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east across most of North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, forest edge, wastelots, and other disturbed areas at low elevation.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Annual, Biennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, butterflies


Usually glabrous annual or biennial, the stems stiffly erect, 2-6 dm. tall.


Leaves linear, opposite, 4-10 cm. long and 2-5 mm. wide, the cauline appressed, reduced above.


Flowers several in a congested inflorescence; calyx tubular, 5-lobed, 15 mm. long, 20-25 nerved, with 1-3 pairs of bracts at the base; petals 5, pink to red, 20-25 mm. long, clawed, the blades rhombic-obovate, toothed; stamens 10; styles 2.


Capsule 1-celled, opening by 4 valves, about equal to the calyx.

Accepted Name:
Dianthus armeria L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 410. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Dianthus armeria in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Dianthus armeria checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Dianthus armeria information.

E-Flora BC: Dianthus armeria atlas page.

CalPhotos: Dianthus armeria photos.

USDA Plants: Dianthus armeria information.

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