Dianthus pavonius

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Dianthus pavonius
Caryophyllaceae - Dianthus pavonius-3.JPG
Plant of Dianthus pavonius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Dianthus
Species: D. pavonius
Binomial name
Dianthus pavonius
  • Dianthus neglectus Loisel. [1]

Dianthus pavonius, common name Peacock-eye Pink, is a herbaceous perennial plant[2] of the genus Dianthus belonging to the Caryophyllaceae family.


The genus name Dianthus derives from the Greek words for divine ("dios") and flower ("anthos"), while the species name pavonius comes from the Latin "pavo" and means "like a peacock".


Close-up of a flower of Dianthus pavonius

Dianthus pavonius is a hemicryptophyte scapose plant[2] [3] reaching 2–25 centimetres (0.79–9.84 in) in height. [4][3] This short-stemmed carnation occurs in dense clumps. It has bluish-greenish pointed leaves and purple-pink coloured flowers, with a blue or brown heart. The flowering period extends from April through May.[5] The fruits are cylindrical capsules with several flat brown seeds. [3]


This species is mainly present in the southern Alps in France and Italy and in the Pyrenees.[2][4]


Dianthus pavonius grows in grassland and prefers sunny areas and moderately nutrient-rich moist soil,[6] at an altitude of 1,100–3,000 metres (3,600–9,800 ft) above sea level.[2][3]



  1. ^ Biolib
  2. ^ a b c d Luirig Altervista
  3. ^ a b c d Acta Plantarum
  4. ^ a b Pignatti S. - Flora d'Italia – Edagricole – 1982. Vol. I, pag. 271
  5. ^ Zipcodezoo
  6. ^ Plant encyclopedie

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