Etymology: Dianthus: from Greek dios, "divine," and anthos, "flower," this was the divine flower or the flower of Zeus
Plants: erect, annual/biennial, 8"-24" tall, delicate forb; stems mostly hairy below the nodes
Leaves: mostly less than 1/4" wide, many basal leaves and 5-10 pairs of stem leaves
Flowers: pink, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, toothed petals with white spots; hairy, united sepals; inflorescence with 3-5 flowers in a tight, branched cluster (cyme); blooms July-Aug.
Habitat: disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - escaped
Flora of North America: Flora of North America USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key