Rare & Unusual Plants

Deptford Pink

Dianthus armeria

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  • Profiled by Plantlife, the national wildflower conservation charity, when “on the brink”.
  • Deptford Pinks can thrive in “disturbed”, rough, rocky, stony or sandy soil.
  • Established plants measure approximately 32 centimetres/13 inches in height and cover a dinner plate sized patch of ground.
  • Parent plant can produce babies the following year without any gardening intervention! These appear up to 3 metres from original in more exposed patches as well as nestling close to other small bushes and plants.
  • Flowers appear July to October and are a lushiously deep pink, delicate looking, though they are as hardy as other native wildflower plants. Many find them exquisite…how about you?!

Night Flowering Catchfly

Silene noctiflora

  • These natives are new to some.
  • Can tolerate most soils and grow in drier, semi shaded or shaded positions.
  • Campion-like flower heads can grow a foot and a half tall from compact, side-plate sized plant.
  • Tiny hairs on upright stems catch small flies.
  • Another annual from which seedlings will appear the following year. (Seeds are also easy to collect and grow on.)
  • Late summer flowers are an unusual peachy colour and open in the evening with lovely scent.
  • An excellent moth plant!

Spreading Bellflower

Campanula patula

  • Like the Deptford Pink, these wildflower plants are listed as rare.
  • Spreading Bellflower will grow in disturbed, rough, even rocky, ground.
  • In the wild, they favor woodland edges and roadsides.
  • Can grow in full sun and drier soil.
  • Bell-shaped flowers appear July to October.