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Deptford pink

(Dianthus armeria)

Deptford Pink © Bob Gibbons/Plantlife

Deptford Pink © Bob Gibbons/Plantlife

A stunning pink flower and a wild relative of the popular garden plant Sweet William.

Distribution

Once common, it has been lost from many sites. Losses continue and it currently occupies only 7% of its total historic area, with many of these populations being very small. Deptford pink is now extinct in Scotland and is not found in Northern Ireland.

Habitat

It usually grows in open sites such as in pastures, roadsides, field margins and, occasionally, on waste ground.

Key threats

Conversion of traditional pasture to arable fields or forestry; and building on former pasture land.

What we’re doing about it

Plantlife has been working at a number of sites in England and Wales to restore populations of this plant. Work can involve clearing scrub (e.g. brambles), introducing grazing and disturbing the soil on sites during winter to encourage germination of new seedlings.