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Deptford Pink

Dianthus armeria

Also known as

Grass Pink

Dianthus armeria 8934 by R. A. Nonenmacher (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of a pink Dianthus armeria flower

Deptford Pink Overview

Dianthus armeria resides in the carnation family, Caryophyllaceae and is commonly known as Deptford Pink or grass pink. It is native to Britain but had been widely naturalised to other areas of the world such as North America and New Zealand. This annual plant typically reaches around 60cm in height. If grown as a perennial plant, this species is quite short-lived, thus it is most often grown as an annual. Foliage is covered in hairs, narrow in shape and leaves measure around 5cm long. Pretty pink flowers have 5 narrow petals with fringed edges, these are produced in clusters during the summer. This species copes well with poor quality soils and will grow well in dry, leeched soil lacking nutrients, but does better with good soil and adequate water.

Common problems with Deptford Pink

How to propagate Deptford Pink


Self seeds.


Propagate perennials by layering or from cuttings in summer; annuals and biennials from seed in autumn or early spring.


Special features of Deptford Pink

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Deptford Pink