Dianthus deltoides L.
Dianthus deltoides L. ssp. deltoides
Maiden pinks are natives of Europe and western Asia. They have become naturalized in much of North America. The genus Dianthus translates to ”divine flower.” The species, deltoides, means the Greek letter delta (Δ), perhaps a reference to the narrowly triangular leaves. There are many cultivated varieties of these plants, endless variations in size and color, especially reds. But natural pinks are pink, or occasionally lavender or white.
This compares maiden pinks to the closely related Deptford pinks:
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|Plant||6-18" (15-45 cm) in height.||12-30" (30-76 cm) in height.|
|Flowers||½-¾" (1.3-1.9 cm) across, bright pink (sometimes lavendar or white), with five petals. They have a starlike ring near the center, and petals have serrated tips. Fowers from May to July.||Smaller, ¼" (8.5 mm) around, bright pink, petals with serrated tips.|
|Leaves||Narrow, bluish, grasslike leaves.||Grass-like, 3" (7.6 cm) × ⅛" (3.2 mm).|
|Habitats||Fields, roadsides, waste places.||Meadows, disturbed areas, roadsides.|
Identification: Plants are 6-18" (15-45 cm) in height, with narrow, bluish, grasslike leaves. Flowers are ½-¾" (1.3-1.9 cm) across, bright pink (sometimes lavender or white), with five petals. Flowers have a starlike ring near the center, and petals have serrated tips. These pinks flowers from May to July.
Dianthus deltoides at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium
Dianthus deltoides on WikiBooks.org
Dianthus deltoides on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site
Dianthus deltoides on TrekNature
Dianthus deltoides on the University of Massachusetts Landscape, Nursery & Urban Forestry Program
Dianthus deltoides description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 1 Oct 2015.