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Meadow Pink Dianthus deltoides

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
dy-AN-thus del-TOY-deez
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Dianthus deltoides, commonly known as maiden pink, is a flowering plant in the Caryophyllaceae or carnation family. The species, deltoides, means the Greek letter delta (Δ), possibly referring to the narrowly triangular leaves.

Maiden Pink is native to Europe and western Asia but has since been introduced to the United States where it can be found in the upper midwest of the United States and all of Canada. It is an herbaceous perennial that blooms from May to July, preferring well-drained soils in full sun.

This plant provides excellent groundcover for landscapes as it produces many blooms in shades of red, pink, lavender or white with a darker star-like ring near the center.

Problems:

 Leaf spot can infect plants in humid summers, where plants are crowded. Crown rot can be a problem when planted in wet, poorly drained soils. Good drainage is essential to avoid disease and die out in the center. Division is recommended every 2-3 years for healthy plants and to avoid overcrowding.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#fragrant flowers#small spaces#drought tolerant#biennial#easy to grow#purple flowers#pink flowers#low maintenance#spring flowers#slopes#cottage garden#cpp#mounding#edging#xeriscape#well-drained soil#bicolor#spreading#mat#deer resistant#rings#groundcover#tufted#rock gardens#self-seeding#alkaline soil tolerant#clumping#short lifespan#poor soils tolerant#evergreen groundcover#border front#sandy soils tolerant#rocky soils tolerant#rock walls#dry soils tolerant#border#patio#container#fringed flowers#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dianthus
    Species:
    deltoides
    Family:
    Caryophyllaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Biennial
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe to Siberia
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees, butterflies.m
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Defines Paths
    Easy to Grow
    Fragrance
    Edibility:
    Poisonous
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Mounding
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The capsule is dry and splits open when ripe.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    These flowers are 5-petaled, bright pink, reddish-purple to lavender or sometimes white. They are long-stalked with broad petals notched at the petal tip and with a dark ring near the center.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Waxy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Acicular
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Oblanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Hairy, loosely tufted prostrate shoots with short narrow leaves that are often gray with a waxy feel
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Poor Soil
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    No reports of ingestion. Skin irritation reported from contact with clove pinks, and vomiting.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Triterpenoid saponins
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves