Dianthus barbatus
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Dianthus barbatus image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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
Roadsides, fields, lakeshores, clearings, usually associated with old homesteads; known in the state since 1889.