Tufted slightly hairy perennial with green or waxy blue foliage. Leaves to about 1.5 cm long, linear to narrowly oblanceolate. Flowers solitary. Calyx hairy, to nearly 2 cm long, purplish. Epicalyx bracts 2 or 4 about half as long as the calyx. Petal blades about 8 mm long, bearded and irregularly toothed, pink, darker at base.
Several cultivars are available in the white to red colour range.
Source: (1997). Dianthus. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.