Caryophyllaceae, the pink family.
Plant: Erect, slightly hairy plant 6"-24" high with narrow leaves and small clusters of bright pink, white-spotted flowers. Perennial.
Flowers: Bright pink with small white spots, about 1/2" wide, five oval petals, five acutely pointed sepals, subtended by pointed bracts. Flowers in a tight cluster (cyme) opening a few at a time.
Leaves: Opposite, linear, 1"-4" long, basal leaves slightly broader than stem leaves.
Fruit: A four-valved capsule.
Habitat: Weedy spots, meadows.
The common name of this European introduction refers to Deptford England, now part of
London, where the flower was supposedly once abundant.
Where to find it:
Along the wood boundary on the east edge of the pond running south of the shelter; also
In the upper meadow near the forest trail exit.