Dianthus Species, Wild Pink, 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)
Synonym:Dianthus carolinianus
Synonym:Dianthus epirotus
Synonym:Dianthus hirsutus
Synonym:Dianthus hirtus
Synonym:Dianthus hybridus



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Himrod, New York

Massena, New York

Rhinebeck, New York

Van Etten, New York

Guysville, Ohio

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

Milford, Pennsylvania

Millersburg, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Christiana, Tennessee

Blacksburg, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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

Bienniel in 24060


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!


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.