Farmland, gardens, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, wasteland, waterside, woodland.
The flowers are normally a soft pink but can sometimes be white. Petals can be notched or have ragged tips. Double flowered forms occasionally occur. The flowers open in the evening and are pollinated by butterflies and moths. 10 stamens. 2 styles. Double-flowered forms (known as 'Bouncing Bett') are fairly common.
Boston Pink, Bouncing Bett, Bouncing-bet, Bruisewort, Chimney Pink, Crow Soap, Devil in a Bush, Farewell to Summer, Flop Top, Fuller's Herb, Jill-run-by-the-street, Lady-by-the-gate, London Pride, Mock Gilliflower, Old Maid's Pink, Old Maid's Slipper, Sheepweed, Soap Plant, Soap Root, Soapweed, Soapwort Gentian, Sweet Betty, Wild Sweet William, Wood Phlox, World's Wonder.