Beautiful double flowers of deep salmon pink over green foliage.
One of the Mule pinks. Age unknown, but thought to be from around 1840.
There is a story told of this pink which is that a soldier, wounded in the Messines Ridge area, was found holding a piece of a plant in his hand. When he was returned to England he was still holding it and it was planted and this gave rise to Messines Pink.
The Mule Pinks are a cross between a carnation and a Sweet William, resulting in larger flowers than typical Dianthus.
Common name(s): Mule Pink; Gillyflower