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Deptford Pink, Mountain Pink - Dianthus armeria


Family: Caryophyllaceae Pink family Genus Common Name: Pink Native Status: Introduced
Dianthus armeria - Deptford Pink, Mountain Pink. 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. Deptford is a town in the south of England where the plant grew in such abundance that it became the source of the common name.

Similar to Maiden Pink.

The Mountain Pink common name is more commonly used for the species Centaurium beyrichii.

Found in:
AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

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Distribution of Dianthus armeria in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 21 Oct 2014). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Haywood County, NC Date: 2010-July-12Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Dianthus armeria has up to 5 stamens and has 2 pistils. The twist in the pistils seems to be more predominant in this plant than in some photos I've seen, but always seems to be present to an extent.
Dianthus armeria

Site: Haywood County, NC Date: 2010-July-12Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
There may be several blossoms on a single plant.
Click on the photo for a larger image
Dianthus armeria

Site: Haywood County, NC Date: 2010-July-12Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Deptford Pink is a relatively short plant, usually from 6 to 10 inches tall.
Click on the photo for a larger image
Dianthus armeria

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