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Maiden Pink

Dianthus deltoides

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
15 centimetres tall
Gardens, grassland, meadows, roadsides, rocky places, wasteland.

Pink, 5 petals
Reddish-pink flowers with darker or paler spots, up to 2cm across. The petals are toothed along the edges. White flowers are occasional. Pollinated by bees.
The fruit is a 4-parted, narrow, green capsule.
A greyish, hairy evergreen perennial flower with narrow, green, rough-edged leaves. The leaves are stalkless, finely-toothed and have parallel veins. They appear in opposite pairs up the stem. Often encountered as a garden escape.
Not scented.
Other Names:
Spink, Lady's Cushion, Meadow Pink.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

Other Information


Dianthus deltoides, commonly known as Maiden Pink, is a species of herbaceous perennial plant in the Caryophyllaceae family. It is native to Europe and Asia and can be found in habitats such as rocky slopes, grasslands, and meadows. The plant has narrow, grass-like leaves and small, fragrant, pink or white flowers that grow in clusters. It typically grows as a low-lying groundcover and is often used as an ornamental plant in rock gardens, wildflower gardens and as a meadow plant. It's not known to have any medicinal use, it's not recommended for any use.


Maiden Pink, also known as Dianthus deltoides, is a beautiful flowering plant that belongs to the family Caryophyllaceae. This plant is native to Europe and Asia, and is widely cultivated for its attractive pink or white flowers and easy-to-grow nature. In this blog, we will discuss the various aspects of Maiden Pink, including its appearance, growing conditions, and care.


Maiden Pink is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial that typically grows up to 10-15 cm tall and spreads up to 30-45 cm wide. It has slender, wiry stems that bear narrow, lance-shaped leaves that are about 2-3 cm long. The flowers of Maiden Pink are star-shaped, with five petals that are pink or white in color. The flowers bloom in early summer and continue to bloom until the fall. The plant also produces small, oblong seed pods that split open to release the seeds.

Growing conditions

Maiden Pink is a hardy plant that can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. The plant can tolerate some drought, but it prefers moist soil. Maiden Pink can grow in a variety of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils. This plant is also resistant to most pests and diseases.


Maiden Pink is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal care. The plant should be watered regularly, especially during periods of drought. It is also recommended to fertilize the plant with a slow-release fertilizer in the spring. Deadheading the spent flowers will encourage the plant to produce more blooms. In the fall, the plant can be cut back to ground level to promote new growth in the spring.


Maiden Pink is a popular plant in rock gardens, borders, and as a ground cover. The plant's low-growing habit and attractive flowers make it an excellent choice for edging paths or lining borders. The plant can also be grown in containers and hanging baskets. The flowers of Maiden Pink are edible and can be used to add color and flavor to salads, desserts, and other dishes.

In conclusion, Maiden Pink is a beautiful and easy-to-grow plant that can add color and interest to any garden. With minimal care, this plant can thrive in a variety of growing conditions and provide a long-lasting display of flowers. Whether you're a beginner gardener or an experienced plant enthusiast, Maiden Pink is a great addition to any garden.

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Maiden Pink, also known as Dianthus deltoides, has been cultivated for centuries for its ornamental value. In fact, it was one of the first Dianthus species to be introduced to the United States, where it quickly became popular due to its low-maintenance nature and attractive flowers.

Aside from its ornamental value, Maiden Pink also has a rich cultural and historical significance. In ancient times, it was believed that the flowers of the Dianthus species had the ability to heal wounds and cure various ailments. The plant was also used in traditional medicine to treat digestive problems, coughs, and sore throats.

In addition to its medicinal uses, Maiden Pink has also been used in culinary applications. The flowers have a mild, sweet flavor and can be used to add color and flavor to salads, soups, and other dishes. The plant has also been used to make a refreshing tea that is said to have a calming effect.

In terms of its ecological value, Maiden Pink is an important food source for pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The plant's nectar-rich flowers provide a source of energy for these insects, while the seeds are eaten by birds and other small animals.

Maiden Pink has also been used for its medicinal properties in traditional herbal medicine. It was believed that the plant could be used to treat a variety of ailments, such as indigestion, toothaches, and headaches. The plant was also used as a diuretic and to help alleviate the symptoms of menstrual cramps.

In addition to its medicinal uses, Maiden Pink has also been used for its fragrance in the perfume industry. The flowers of the plant have a sweet, spicy scent that is often used in perfumes, soaps, and other scented products.

Maiden Pink is also an important plant for erosion control, as its deep roots help to stabilize soil and prevent erosion. It is commonly used in landscaping and erosion control projects in areas with steep slopes or other soil stabilization issues.

One interesting fact about Maiden Pink is that it was used as a symbol of femininity and purity in the Victorian language of flowers. The plant's delicate pink flowers were often given to young women to symbolize their innocence and purity.

Maiden Pink has also been used in traditional folk medicine for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. The plant was used to treat minor wounds, cuts, and abrasions, as well as to help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

The plant's flowers and leaves can also be used to make a natural dye. The flowers produce a pinkish-purple dye, while the leaves produce a greenish-yellow dye. These natural dyes have been used for centuries to color textiles and other materials.

Maiden Pink is also a popular plant for attracting wildlife to the garden. The plant's nectar-rich flowers are a favorite of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, while the seeds are eaten by birds and other small animals. By planting Maiden Pink in your garden, you can help support local wildlife populations and promote biodiversity.

One of the benefits of growing Maiden Pink is that it is a hardy and resilient plant that can tolerate a range of growing conditions. It can grow in full sun or partial shade, and is adaptable to a variety of soil types. This makes it a great choice for gardeners who are looking for a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal care.

Overall, Maiden Pink is a beautiful and versatile plant that has many uses and benefits. Whether you're looking to add color to your garden, attract wildlife, or explore the plant's many uses in traditional medicine and the arts, Maiden Pink is a plant that is well worth considering. With its easy-to-grow nature and adaptability, this plant is a great choice for gardeners of all skill levels.

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