This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Deptford pink
- Annuals, Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Average, well-drained soil; biennial grown as an annual; prefers cool temperatures; drought tolerant
- Perennial herbs; leaves narrow and often gray-waxy; flowers 5-parted, often fragrant, pink-lilac, pink-purple or white.
- Early summer into fall
- Sun to light shade
- Rose with white spots
- 8-24 in.
- Narrow, grasslike leaves are arranged in pairs; stiff, erect stem; slenderly branched
- Small, flat-topped cluster of deep pink flowers with white spots; five petals; jagged edges; long, thin bract at base of flower
- Dry fields, roadsides, waste places
- Poison Part:
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Dermatitis, ingestion.
- No reports of ingestion. Skin irritation reported from contact with clove pinks.
- Toxic Principle:
- Triterpenoid saponins.
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; florist plants; landscape in flower garden as herbaceous perennial.
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 61