Family, Pink. Color, light rose, or sometimes white when in shaded localities. Calyx, 5-toothed. Petals, 10. Stamens, 10. Styles, 2. Leaves, lance-shaped, the lower ones broader, more oval than the others, opposite, smooth. Flowers, corymbed in clusters, generally double. Joints of stem swollen.
A slovenly flower, still somewhat cultivated, but often running wild. The calyx bursts and the petals seem tumbling out. The plant is from 1 to 2 feet high, and has a generally back-yardish appearance. Along roadsides and in old, abandoned gardens.