Scientific Name: Dianthus armeria
Family Name: Caryophyllaceae
Leaf: Long, thin leaves that grow upwards, 1 4 in. (2.5 10 cm.) in length.
Plant: Deptford Pink grows from May to September, and it is 6 24 in. (15 60 cm.) tall.
Identifying Characteristics: The white spots on the inner portion of the flower identify Deptford Pink definitively.
Location: Deptford Pink grows in the wetland area behind the Goldfarb Library at Brandeis University. We also saw it at Cold Spring Park in Newton, Massachusetts.
History and Comments: Deptford Pink was introduced from Europe as an ornamental garden plant, but it has become a hardy garden weed. It is named for Deptford, England, where it once proliferated. The United States Department of Agriculture includes Deptford Pink on a list of invasive species for some areas, but not for the Northeast. For more information from the USDA, click http://plants.usda.gov/cgi_bin/plant_profile.cgi?symbol=DIAR.