Dianthus armeria L.
Deptford pink
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jim Riley     (Photo ID #65898)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Dianthus armeria
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Species Information

Annual or biennial herb from a slender taproot; stems erect, 1-several, more or less crisp-hairy, 20-60 cm tall.
Basal and stem leaves opposite, linear, appressed, 4-10 cm long, 2-5 mm wide, crisp short-hairy, reduced above; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence in dense, 2- to many-flowered, terminal cluster(s); petals 5, pink to red with pale dots, the stalks 4-5 mm long, narrowly stalklike at the base, the blades more or less egg-shaped, toothed; sepals 5, united, forming a woolly-hairy tube about 15 mm long, 20- to 25-nerved, 5-toothed.
Capsules cylindric, about 15 mm long, 4-valved; seeds comápressed, concave on one side, 1-2 mm long.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Dianthus armeria

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
510 1 1047
Slope Gradient (%)
40 2 78

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

172 90 265
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 0 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

CDF(5), ICH(2), IDF(4), PP(6)

Habitat and Range

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

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Dianthus armeria subsp. armeria