Apr. 27, 2019

Deptford pink, Dianthus armeria

Remember Mom's pinking shears? Looks like Mom Nature used hers on these petals. Is that why they're called pinking shears? Anyway, yesterday's little pink lawn weed, centaury, provoked questions about this more common cohort. Deptford pinks are a little larger, about little-finger-nail size. One item says these are planted in gardens, but in my experience, it's more like they just grow in gardens. They certainly do in mine, without any help from me. The plants get a couple feet tall, but can persist and flower if mowed. Deptford started from Europe, and now includes every state except AK, and ND: these also occur in AB, BC, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 6/5/15.