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PlantFiles: Deptford Pink, Grass Pink
Dianthus armeria

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: armeria (ar-MER-ee-uh) (Info)

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9 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wakingdream On Dec 23, 2013, wakingdream from Allentown, PA wrote:

Hummingbirds like this intensely hued biennial flower. Although it is slim and somewhat diminutive, it is eye catching. Height is 18"-24" with flowers at the top of each branch. Best in full sun. Blooms in summer and dries out fast to leave behind waves of seedlings, sometimes unwanted but easily pulled. The first year's basal rosette is comprised of glossy dark green leaves. The shape of the clump reminds me of the aquatic creature, "anemone". Deptford Pinks resent disturbance in their bloom year, but it is possible to move them. Flowering may be reduced. I found this plant growing at my grandmother's home in the northern VA farmland area of Upperville and harvested seeds to begin my own colony. A classic cottage garden reseeder.

Positive estrail1rider On Aug 7, 2008, estrail1rider from Melfa, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bienniel in 24060

Positive Ladyfern On Aug 7, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Cute little flower with a small "footprint." I help it selfseed around my garden and welcome its little flowers wherever they poke up. It won't crowd out my other plants like some self-seeders would!

Neutral Baa On Aug 31, 2002, Baa wrote:

An annual or biennial Pink from Europe and Asia.

Has deep green, downy, linear to lance shaped leaves. Bears single, unscented, rosy pink flowers which often have darker pink spotting and toothed petals.

Flowers June - September

Loves well-drained, fertile, light soil in full sun. This one will tolerate a wide Ph range and can be found growing in the wild in acid as well as alkaline soils.

Dead head to prolong flowering.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jeffersonville, Indiana
Falmouth, Maine
Oakland, Maryland
Valley Lee, Maryland
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Brockton, Massachusetts
Erie, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Saint Helen, Michigan
White Lake, Michigan
Eveleth, Minnesota
Cole Camp, Missouri
Dover, New Hampshire
Morristown, New Jersey
New Milford, New Jersey
Blue Mountain Lake, New York
Croton On Hudson, New York
Massena, New York
Rhinebeck, New York
Van Etten, New York
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
Milford, Pennsylvania
Millersburg, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Christiana, Tennessee
Blacksburg, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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