Dianthus armeria (Deptford Pink)
Dianthus armeria, also known as Deptford Pink, is one of my favorite wildflowers. Deptford Pinks, an annual or biennial (the consensus seems to be conflicted but it does reseed), are uncommonly beautiful. The bright pink, star-shaped flowers grow in clusters, and if you examine them closely, each dainty pink blossom is dappled with white. Although Deptford Pinks grow in practically every state, they are not native. They are native to England and Europe and named “Deptford” for the town (now part of London) where they once grew in abundance. I don’t know when or how they arrived in this country, but I am glad they did, and I feel certain it would be a most romantic tale. Deptford Pinks grow between one and two feet tall in full sun/partial shade. When I was doing a little research on this wildflower, I was bothered by the fact that Deptford Pinks are considered a "weed" by some. I couldn't disagree more. I am uncertain about the hardiness zones for Deptford Pinks, but since they grow in all states (except Texas and maybe one other), I would say most any zone would do.