Dianthus deltoides subsp. deltoides

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 5. Treatment on page 161. Mentioned on page 162.

Plants cespitose, matted. Stems ascending, simple proximally, branched distally, (4.5–)10–40 cm, puberulent; sterile shoots matted, 3–6 cm. Leaves: sheath 0.5–1.5 mm, ca. equaling stem diam.; blade linear to linear-lanceolate (flowering stems) or oblanceolate (sterile stems), 0.6–2.6 cm, green, margins ciliate. Inflorescences open, 2–4-flowered cymes or often flowers solitary; bracts absent; bracteoles 2 (or 4), green, ovate, ca. 1/3–1/2 times as long as calyx, herbaceous with ± scarious margins, apex aristate. Pedicels 4–12(–30) mm. Flowers: calyx 25–30-veined, 10–17 mm, glabrous or minutely pubescent, lobes narrowly lanceolate to linear, 3–5 mm; petals light or dark pink to purple (rarely white), often with darker band at base of blade, bearded, 4–9 mm, apex dentate. Capsules 12–13 mm, somewhat shorter than calyx. Seeds 1.1 mm. 2n = 30 (Europe).

Phenology: Flowering early summer.
Habitat: Roadsides, meadows, shores, open woods, waste places
Elevation: 40-2700 m


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Introduced; Alta., B.C., Man., N.B., N.S., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Sask., Ark., Calif., Colo., Conn., Ill., Iowa, Maine, Mass., Mich., Minn., Mo., Mont., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., R.I., Utah, Vt., Va., Wash., Wis., Wyo., Europe, introduced in e Asia (China, Japan, Russian Far East).


Subspecies deltoides is often cultivated and occasionally escapes, perhaps not persisting in the northern part of its range.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Richard K. Rabeler +  and Ronald L. Hartman +
Linnaeus +
Alta. +, B.C. +, Man. +, N.B. +, N.S. +, Ont. +, P.E.I. +, Que. +, Sask. +, Ark. +, Calif. +, Colo. +, Conn. +, Ill. +, Iowa +, Maine +, Mass. +, Mich. +, Minn. +, Mo. +, Mont. +, N.H. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, Ohio +, Pa. +, R.I. +, Utah +, Vt. +, Va. +, Wash. +, Wis. +, Wyo. +, Europe +, introduced in e Asia (China +, Japan +  and Russian Far East). +
40-2700 m +
Roadsides, meadows, shores, open woods, waste places +
Flowering early summer. +
Introduced +  and Illustrated +
Caryophyllaceae subfam. Silenoideae +
Dianthus deltoides subsp. deltoides +
Dianthus deltoides +
subspecies +