One or two feet high. Leaves. - Opposite, long and narrow, hairy. Flowers. - Pink, with white dots, clustered. Calyx. - Five-toothed, cylindrical, with awl-shaped bracts beneath. Corolla. - Of five small petals. Stamens. - Ten. Pistil. - One, with two styles.
In July and August we find these little flowers in our eastern fields. The generic name, which signifies Jove"s own flower, hardly applies to these inconspicuous blossoms. Perhaps it was originally bestowed upon D. caryophyllus, a large and fragrant English member of the genus, which was the origin of our garden carnation.