Common Pink, also known as the Dianthus, Dianthus plumarius.
Photographed on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
near the corner of West 81st street and Central Park West.
Can anyone identify this cultivated flower?
Dianthus is a genus of flowering plants with roughly 300 species in the family Caryophyllaceae. These plants are endemic to Europe and Asia, with a few species extending south into northern Africa. One adventuresome species, D. repens, has even managed to establish itself in arctic regions of North America. Some familiar Dianthus include the carnation, D. caryophyllus, pink, D. plumarius and Sweet William, D. barbatus. The color pink may be named for the flower. The origin of the flower name “pink” may come from the frilled edge of the flowers: the verb “pink” dates from the 14th century and means “to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern” (maybe from German “pinken” = to peck?). I remember it from pinking shears, those big, heavy scissors that leave behind a zigzag cut in fabric.