Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Genus: Dianthus (Greek (dios) for god or divine, and anthos for flower. (Divine flower))
Species: armeria (Latin flos armeriae, a type of flower. )
Common names: Deptford Pink, Grass Pink, Mountain pink
On a day hike up the Greta Track, I was amazed by the amazing contrasts of between the dry brown grass, and all the different flowers offering spots of colour everywhere you turn.
Deptford Pink was one of those flowers, completely new to my eyes but so bright and detailed.
A biennial plant appearing around early summer in New Zealand. Dianthus grow happily in low nutrient soils, and up to 1m in good moist soil.
While I didn’t witness it, apparently the flowers close in the afternoons. start appearing around early summer.
Mostly seen in the South Island, particularly around Canterbury, some reported Central north Island.
Native to Europe, it was prized in ornamental gardens, which is likely how it turned up in New Zealand.
Other member of the Carnation family are suggested to have medicinal properties, although I haven’t found any for Departford pink.