Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Liliopsida - Order: Caryophyllales - Family: Caryophyllaceae
Maiden Pink is found throughout much of England and just extends its range into Scotland, but it is extremely localised which makes it a very satisfying discovery on any excursion.
This plant grows on dry, sandy soils, and we found these flowers in North Wales at Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve on the Anglesey coast. Other similar sand dune reserves would be the best places to look for this pretty wildflower.
Maiden Pink forms rather loose clumps and the deep pink flowers have toothed edges and white spots at the base of their petals.
Dianthus deltoides flowers late - from June to September
When the sun shines it is much easier to find Maiden Pink - on dull cloudy days the flowers close making it much more difficult to spot.
The plants on this page were photographed at Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve in July.