Friday flowers…invasive beauty

Posted: August 3, 2018 in flowers
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These small, bright beauties, called “pinks” by the people I know in Wyoming, are evidently some sort of invasive flower. However, seeing a hillside of them is breath-taking.

(As usual in my search of online data bases of wildflowers, I can’t find this one anywhere, so if you know what it is, please feel free to mention it in the comments.)

  1. Don’t know if it’s a wildflower. But it’s a carnation. Dianthus or pinks according to Google images. Smells real sweet. My grandmother always had them in the garden.
    Sweet image

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    I’ve just grown some wild flower seedlings that I’m expecting to look very like this – Maiden Pink. Wikipedia says it was introduced to the US which is maybe why it’s a pest

  3. Lignum Draco says:

    It’s often the case with introduced species. They look beautiful and that’s why they were brought in. But they can run riot.

  4. We have swaths of Queen Anne’s Lace up here off the highways. Some see them as invasive weeds. I think they are beautiful as I do this one. 🙂

    • We have scads of Queen Anne’s Lace here, too, Judy. I think that people consider plants weeds when they grow where they’re not wanted or if they cause problems. I don’t like dandelions in the yard because they take so much space and crowd out the grass, but they look just fine in the park or mountains.


  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    Hi Janet – I don’t know what the flower is but a few months ago an acquaintance introduced me to a phone app called iNaturalist. If you take a photo of the plant’s leaf or flower, the app will tell you what the plant is. I’ve used the app many times and it works very well … although I think my neighbours might think I’m a bit odd taking random photos of plants 😏

  6. thirdeyemom says:

    Wow these are gorgeous Janet!

  7. billgncs says:

    unloved because the horses don’t eat them…

  8. markd60 says:

    amazing color!

  9. These are beautiful, whatever their name is.

  10. Su Leslie says:

    I can see how a profusion of these would be a lovely sight Janet. Having just read Tish’s post about invasive species, it’s interesting to see yours too. This is an issue I think about a lot as we have so many (beautiful) plants here that do terrible damage to our native flora and fauna.

  11. Some of my favorite wild edibles are invasive! Chickweed, dandelion, kudzu, many sorts of blackberries… Though its terrible for the native flora, there’s still a lot to love about these prolific intruders.

  12. joey says:

    So many invasive species are beautiful :/

  13. I don’t know what it is, but it’s purrty! I hope since it’s invasive it doesn’t over crowd native plants and kill insect and native animal plants and flowers! That would be pas bien pour moi!

  14. macmsue says:

    They’re not a weed in Australia, we buy punnets of them here as Dianthus. A relation of the Carnation, I think.

  15. marianallen says:

    It is a dianthus. Looks very like a Deptford Pink, but not exactly. I’m pretty sure that’s what it is, though. Beautiful picture!

  16. Dan Antion says:

    It sure is a pretty flower.

  17. Terri M says:

    I agree it’s a Dianthus , looks very similar to the ‘ Pink Sweet William’ variety. I wish they grew wild here too !

    • Terri, sorry for the late reply. Your comment here (and your other two) were in my spam folder and I haven’t checked that for some time. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting as well!


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