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Proliferous Pink

Petrorhagia prolifera

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
60 centimetres tall
Gardens, grassland, heathland, meadows, rocky places.

Pink, 5 petals
Pink, shallowly notched, veined petals.
A many-seeded capsule.
An annual flower with linear, lance-shaped and pointed leaves, anything up to 3cm long. The leaves are in opposite pairs. The leaf sheaths are up to twice as long as wide. The stems are erect and may or may not be branched. Similar in appearance to Childing Pink (Petrorhagia nanteulii) but with a thicker and more downy stem.
Other Names:
Proliferous Childing-pink, Tufted Pink.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Petrorhagia prolifera, commonly known as Proliferous Pink or Tufted Pink, is a species of herbaceous perennial plant in the Caryophyllaceae family. It is native to Europe and Asia and can be found in habitats such as rocky slopes, grasslands and meadows. The plant has small, glossy green leaves and small, pink or purple flowers that grow in clusters. It typically grows as a low-lying groundcover and is often used as an ornamental plant in rock gardens, wildflower gardens and as a meadow plant. It's not known to have any medicinal use, it's not recommended for any use.


Proliferous Pink, also known as Petrorhagia prolifera, is a perennial plant that belongs to the carnation family. It is a beautiful wildflower that is native to the Mediterranean region but has now spread to many other parts of the world. The plant is commonly found growing in dry rocky areas, hillsides, and along roadsides.


The Proliferous Pink plant grows up to 60 cm tall and has a bushy growth habit. It produces multiple stems that are covered in narrow, green leaves. The flowers are pink or purple in color and are produced in clusters at the end of the stems. Each flower is about 1-2 cm in diameter and has five petals with deeply notched tips.

The plant is known for its long flowering period, which typically starts in late spring and continues through to the autumn months. During this time, the plant produces a profusion of flowers, which attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.


Proliferous Pink is a hardy plant that is easy to grow and care for. It prefers well-drained soils and full sun, but can also tolerate partial shade. The plant is drought-tolerant and can survive in dry conditions, making it an ideal choice for rock gardens and xeriscaping.

Propagation can be done through seed or by dividing the plant in the spring. The plant self-seeds freely, which can lead to naturalization in some areas. However, it is not considered invasive.


Proliferous Pink is primarily grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes. Its profusion of colorful flowers adds a cheerful touch to any setting. It is also used as a cut flower in floral arrangements.

The plant has been used for medicinal purposes in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including respiratory infections, digestive disorders, and skin conditions. However, there is limited scientific evidence to support its medicinal use.


Proliferous Pink is a beautiful and versatile plant that is easy to grow and care for. Its profusion of colorful flowers and long flowering period make it a popular choice for gardens and landscapes. Its hardiness and drought-tolerance make it an ideal choice for xeriscaping and rock gardens. While it has been used for medicinal purposes, more research is needed to determine its efficacy.

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Proliferous Pink is also known for its ability to attract pollinators, especially bees and butterflies, making it an important plant for supporting biodiversity. Its nectar-rich flowers provide a valuable food source for these important insects.

In addition, Proliferous Pink is also used in some cultures for culinary purposes. Its leaves and flowers can be added to salads, and the plant has a slightly bitter taste.

Unfortunately, Proliferous Pink is considered threatened in some parts of its native range due to habitat loss and overgrazing by livestock. Conservation efforts are underway to protect this important plant and its ecosystem.

In addition to its ornamental and ecological value, Proliferous Pink also has some interesting cultural and historical significance. In Greek mythology, the plant was said to have been created by the god Apollo as a gift for his sister Artemis, the goddess of hunting and wild animals. The plant was said to have grown on rocky hillsides, the same habitats where it can be found today.

In traditional medicine, Proliferous Pink has been used for a variety of ailments, including coughs, sore throats, and skin conditions. It was also used to promote menstruation and treat digestive disorders.

Today, Proliferous Pink is used in some natural and holistic remedies, although more research is needed to determine its efficacy and safety. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedies.

Proliferous Pink has also been studied for its potential as a bioindicator of heavy metal pollution. In areas with high levels of heavy metal contamination, such as near industrial sites or mining operations, the plant has been found to accumulate high levels of metals in its tissues. This can be a useful tool for environmental monitoring and management.

Additionally, Proliferous Pink has been used in some traditional practices as a natural dye. The plant can produce a light pink color when used to dye textiles or paper.

Finally, Proliferous Pink has some interesting folklore associated with it. In some cultures, the plant is said to bring good luck and protect against evil spirits. It was also believed to have the power to attract love and romance.

Overall, Proliferous Pink is a fascinating and versatile plant that has many uses, benefits, and cultural significance. Its ecological, medicinal, and cultural value make it an important species to conserve and protect. Whether grown for its beauty, ecological benefits, or cultural significance, Proliferous Pink is a valuable addition to any garden or landscape.

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