Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Deptford Pink - Dianthus armeria   L.
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Section 6 » Order Caryophyllales » Family Caryophyllaceae
DistributionThroughout the Mountains, Piedmont, and Sandhills; scarce on the Coastal Plain.

Native of Europe and western Asia; in N.A.-- N.S. to B.C., south to FL, TX, CA.
AbundanceGenerally common, except uncommon in the Sandhills and rare in the Coastal Plain.
HabitatFields, meadows, roadsides, cemeteries, railroad margins, pastures, hayfields, clearings.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-September.
IdentificationDeptford Pink is strictly erect, up to 2 feet tall. The basal leaves are oblinear or oblanceolate; the stem leaves are opposite and strongly ascending, linear, and tapering to the tip. The inflorescences are terminal and composed of a tight cluster of small but showy, bright magenta-rose petals with whitish dots; usually only one or two flowers in a cluster are in bloom at a time.
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B.A. SorrieRoadside, Spicewood Road, S of NC 211, May 2015. MoorePhoto_non_natural
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