The genus ‘Dianthus‘ contains around 300 species of flowering plants. The species name deltoids is a Greek word that means delta (Δ) and can refer to narrow triangular leaves. Common names include Meadow Pink and Lady’s Cushion.
The delicate, hairy, and short stalks of the Maiden Pink branch at the base grow 4 to 16 in (10 to 40 centimeters). The stems of the plant are covered by narrow, grayish-green leaves.
The linear leaves are around 0.8 to 1.2 in (2 to 3 centimeters) long and are arranged opposite on the stem. The Maiden Pink bears up to 4 short-stemmed flowers that appear from June to August.
Each radially symmetrical flower consists of 5 toothed petals approximately 1 centimeter long, magenta-red to pink in color.