Deptford Pink, Grass Pink, Wild Pink
Synonyms of Dianthus armeria (13) (Updated on 3-6-21): Caryophyllus armerius Moench, Cylichnanthus maculatus Dulac, Dianthus armeria f. albiviridis J.H.Lehr, Dianthus armeria f. glabrissimus Sigunov, Dianthus armeria var. laevis Heuff., Dianthus carolinianus Walter, Dianthus epirotus Halácsy, Dianthus hirsutus Lam., Dianthus hybridus F.W.Schmidt ex Tausch, Dianthus pseudocorymbosus Velen., Dianthus villosus Gilib., Dianthus vivariensis Jord. ex Boreau, Silene vaga E.H.L.Krause
Dianthus armeria L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Armeria. The genus and species were both named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online lists 333 accepted species in the Armeria genus (as of when I am updating this page on 3-6-21). The Armeria genus is a member of the plant family Caryophyllaceae with a total of 98 genera. Those numbers could change periodically as updates are made.
The above distribution map for Dianthus armeria from Plants of the World Online, by permission, shows where the species is native in green and where it was introduced in purple. The map on the USDA Plants Database is somewhat different and includes all states in the U.S. except Arizona and North Dakota. The species could be more widespread than the maps show and the maps have not changed since I first wrote this page.
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I have seen Dianthus armeria growing on my farm in west-central Missouri but I took these photos while working on a friend’s farm north of town.
This delightful Dianthus armeria commonly known as Deptford Pink or Pink Grass grows just about everywhere in Kevin’s pasture and a few areas here on the farm. Although it is considered a native Missouri plant, it is not originally from North America. Although they are plentiful in “poorer” soils, they don’t compete well with other plants where the ground is more fertile. In other words, they are not pushy. The leaves are high in saponins which makes them fairly unattractive to livestock. Most photos online show plants with white spots on the petals, but as you can see in the above photo, these seem to have maroon spots. Hmmm…
Sorry about the blurriness of the above photo. I always take a lot of photos, but sometimes they come out blurry and I have to choose the best. If the photos were taken here on the farm I can go back and take more.
While cleaning out the dead leaves in the row of Daylilies in the back of Kevin’s home, I found this cluster of Dianthus armeria.
I pulled it up because I found out all those flowers were from a single plant and I wanted to get a photo for this page. There were a few more but I left them to grow.
I will likely take more photos of the Dianthus armeria in 2020 and write better descriptions. Hopefully, I can take some good photos that aren’t blurry.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. I have grown over 500 different plants and most have pages listed on the right side of the blog. I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a horticulturalist I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
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