Nov. 27, 2020

maiden pink, Dianthus deltoides

Wild or naturalized?  There's a patch of maiden pink at Hidden Lake Gardens that's been there for many decades.  It is at the edge of some woods in the wilder part of the property.  I've always figured it was planted there.  There are other garden flowers in that area.  There are two specimens of maiden pink at MICH that are the basis for claiming this as a wildflower in Lenawee County, both from this area, collected in 1974.  So in this case maybe June 3, 1974 was the day this crossed the line from being naturalized to being wild?  Does it matter?  Or is this just a game we play in a wildflower daze?  Either way it happens a lot, because maiden pink has been reported from AR, CA, CO, CT, ID, IL, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY, AB, BC, MB, NB, NS, ON, PE, QC, and SK.  Hidden Lake Gardens, Lenawee Co MI, 6/11/13.  Pink family, Caryophyllaceae.