Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Maiden Pink (Dianthus deltoides): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 8, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire A 5-petal pink flower on a thin, grass-like stalk. The flower petals are toothed at the tip. There are white and dark red dots at the center of the flower. Leaves are opposite and lanceolate in shape. They clasp the stem. The stem is hairless. Maiden Pink is similar to Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria) except that Deptford Pink has flowers in clusters atop a stiff erect stem rather than the solitary flower for Maiden Pink.
Date Location Notes Images
June 5, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire There are five Dianthus species in New England. Only two of them have flowers on long (10-40 mm) pedicels. Out of those two, Maiden Pink has the apex of the flower petals toothed and the basal leaf blades oblanceolate.