Deptford Pink

Dianthus armeria

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About

The Deptford Pink has declined rapidly in range and is now known to inhabit only about 15 sites in the UK, mainly in the south. It prefers light, sandy, acidic soils and requires open conditions to grow well. It can be found on disturbed ground, such as tracks and field edges, along hedgerows and in dry pasture.

How to identify

The Deptford Pink has a long flower stalk and deep pink petals that have delicate, pale spots and ragged edges. It has a rosette of green leaves at its base.

Where to find it

Very localised and rare, scattered in England, Wales and Ireland.

Habitats

When to find it

  • July
  • August

How can people help

The Deptford Pink has suffered serious declines over recent years mainly due to the intensification of agriculture and removal of hedgerows. The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with farmers and landowners to promote wildlife-friendly practices to help this and many other species. We are working towards a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Deptford Pink
Latin name
Dianthus armeria
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 60cm
Conservation status
Classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and as Endangered in Britain on the Red Data List. Protected in the UK under Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.