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Maiden-pink - Dianthus deltoides

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 1

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General Description
Perennial with puberulent foliage from a branched caudex, forming loose mats. Stems trailing to ascending, 10–40 cm. Leaves sessile, linear, erect, 15–25 mm long. Inflorescence a few-flowered, linear-bracted, open cyme, rarely 1-flowered. Flowers: calyx 25- to 30-veined, 8–17 mm long, glabrous; petals pink, the blade 4–9 mm long. Capsule 12–13 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Much of temperate North America. Introduced from Europe. One collection from Beaverhead County (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 5

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Roadsides, sagebrush steppe; valleys. Much of temperate N. America. Introduced from Europe (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus occidentalis (Thorp et al. 1983).


  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Thorp, R.W., D.S. Horning, and L.L. Dunning. 1983. Bumble bees and cuckoo bumble bees of California (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Bulletin of the California Insect Survey 23:1-79.
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    • Schwend, Ann C. 1995. Sclerotium spp for biological control of tall larkspur (Delphinium spp). M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 98 p.
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