E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Dianthus deltoides L.
maiden pink
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a taproot and branched stem-base; stems trailing, much branched at the base with erect flowering shoots, copiously rough-hairy, 20-45 cm tall/long.
Basal leaves few, soon deciduous; stem leaves opposite, numerous, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, often overlapping, 15-25 mm long, 2-8 mm wide, roughl-hairy on the margins; basal leaves somewhat shorter; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of solitary flowers, occasionally 2-3 in an open cluster; petals 5, pink to rose with pale spots or occasionally white, stalks of the petals about equalling the calyces, the blades egg-shaped, 6-10 mm long, shortly and broadly toothed, often sparsely long soft-hairy on the upper surface near the stalk; sepals 5, green or reddish, united, forming a hairy tube about 15 mm long, about 30-nerved.
Capsules oblong, 15-18 mm long, 4-valved; seeds black, egg-shaped, 2-2.5 mm long, compressed, concave on one side.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry waste places in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; rare in S BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Dianthus deltoides subsp. deltoides

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