Scientific Name: Dianthus carthusianorum (Caryophyllaceae).
English Name: Carthusian Pink (Campion family).
French Name: L'Oeillet des Chartreux (='Carthusian's eyelet').
5 Key Characters:
- deep pink, purply red or occasionally white or pale pink flowers in dense clusters surrounded by bracts.
- 5 toothed petals.
- leaves long and pointed.
- very variable, especially in number of flowers per cluster and colour of flowers.
Habitat: Dry pasture, woodland, rocks. Full sun, poor calcareous soil.
Flowering Period: May-June-July-August-September-October.
Status: Widespread but localised (ie only on sites that suit its requirements for dry, poor, sunny calcareous soil). Locally protected.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: