Wikijunior:Summer Flowers of Northern New England/Dianthus deltoides

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Maiden Pink
(Dianthus deltoides)
Colony of Maiden Pinks
Maiden Pink is a brilliant pink flower with five petals. Each petal has darker pink stripes going across their width near the center of the flower. Flowers appear one per stem, but sometimes you can find many Maiden Pinks all growing together. They are such beautiful flowers that they are planted by highway departments along roads and sidewalks.

The stems grow up to 18 inches tall, and the leaves are very narrow.

Quick Facts:
The scientific name for Maiden Pink is Dianthus deltoides. The word Dianthus was made from two Greek words: dios meaning "divine" and anthos meaning "flower." The Greeks thought that this flower was special to their main god Zeus.

Stem and flower