Smaller, icy white blooms with a sharply contrasting, bright fuchsia ring around the medium pink eye zone light up their surroundings. Each of the 5 flower petals have serrated edges, looking as if they have been trimmed with pinking shears, hence the common name 'Pinks'. If deadheaded, this species will flower heaviest in early summer and again in fall. Maiden Pinks are named for their habit of partially closing their petals at dusk, like a shy maiden would.
These bright flowers are set against a background of dark green foliage which forms a prostrate spreading mat that makes a good groundcover. In the cooler seasons, the leaves tend to take on purplish-red tones, and then revert back to green in spring.