Deptford pink USDA PLANTS Symbol: DIAR
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Forbs/Herbs
Dianthus armeria L.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Caryophyllales: Caryophyllaceae
Synonym(s): Deptford pink carnation, Deptford's pink
Native Range: cent. & so. Eur. to N. Iran (BAIL);

Appearance
Dianthus armeria is a herbaceous annual or biennial plant growing to 1-2.5 ft. (0.3-0.8 m) tall.
Foliage
They have patches of fine white hairs beneath each opposite pair of leaves, otherwise they are mostly glabrous. The opposite leaves are up to 3 in. (1.6 cm) long and 0.13 in. (0.32 cm) across. They are linear, sessile, and usually slightly pubescent. The base of each pair of leaves wraps around the stem in a sheath, where the stem is somewhat broader and knobby.
Flowers
Each flower is about 0.33 in. (0.85 cm) across, consisting of 5 spreading petals, a tubular green calyx with 5 teeth, 10 stamens with pink anthers, and 2 styles. The petals are pink with small white dots. Each petal is wedge-shaped at its base, and crenate or dentate toward its outer edge.
Fruit
Each seed is orbicular or rein form and flattened with small bumps across its surface. The root system consists of a slender taproot. This plant spreads by reseeding itself.
Ecological Threat
This plant will over take roadsides, ditches and fields.

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Flower(s);
David Cappaert, , Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, , Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, , Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, , Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Troy Evans, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, , Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
David Cappaert, , Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Vern Wilkins, Indiana University, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:
Antietam National Battlefield (Maryland)
Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)



Invasive Listing Sources:
Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2005