Etymology: Dianthus: from Greek dios, "divine," and anthos, "flower," this was the divine flower or the flower of Zeus
Plants: perennial, 12"-24" tall, stout, hairless forb
Leaves: mostly 1/4"-1" wide
Flowers: red to white, 5-parted, 1/3"-3/4" wide, sepals hairless, petals with broad, toothed tips; inflorescence a many-flowered, tight cluster; blooms June-Aug.
Conservation Status: Introduced - escaped
Flora of North America: Flora of North America USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.