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.