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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Dianthus armeria - Deptford Pink

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Native; Scattered across the southern half of the British Isles. An European Temperate species.

Regional Distribution

There are four extant sites in Cornwall; Sandy Mouth (SS21), Saltash goods yard (SX45) and two near Portreath (SW64). It was once known in 20 1km squares. It is thought to be a neophyte at all except one of the Cornish sites.

Habitat & Ecology

Open, disturbed sites in short grassland, railway sidings and pathways. Mainly coastal.


The main threat is habitat loss through competition from more vigorous plants. Ironically at Sandy Mouth (SS21) rabbits, which keep the grassland short and suitable for colonisation, also eat the plants.


Recently the population at Portreath (SW64) has revived through path clearance work by BTCV volunteers.


Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.