Deptford Pink

Dianthus armeria

Grass Pink

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Dianthus armeria 8934 by R. A. Nonenmacher (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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A close up of a pink Dianthus armeria flower
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Dianthus armeria 8934 by R. A. Nonenmacher (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Dianthus armeria resides in the carnation family, Caryophyllaceae and is commonly known as Deptford Pink or grass pink. It is native to Britain but had been widely naturalised to other areas of the world such as North America and New Zealand. This annual plant typically reaches around 60cm in height. If grown as a perennial plant, this species is quite short-lived, thus it is most often grown as an annual. Foliage is covered in hairs, narrow in shape and leaves measure around 5cm long. Pretty pink flowers have 5 narrow petals with fringed edges, these are produced in clusters during the summer. This species copes well with poor quality soils and will grow well in dry, leeched soil lacking nutrients, but does better with good soil and adequate water.

Planning

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Seed

Self seeds.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Special features

Origin

Europe.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Sand, Loam

Soil PH preference

Very alkaline, Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Flower colour

Pink