This attractive, quite scarce and sometimes variable plant, has very fragrant, deep or pale pink flowers. It is found heights at heights of up to 6,000 metres in the Cevennes, northern Pyrenees, Jura, and the Apennines, where it flowers from June to early September. For keen lepidopterists, it is pollinated primarily by moths of the genus Hadena which lay their eggs in the buds!
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.
Common name:Woodland Pink