The rugged chalky cliff is just the right sort of habitat for a Cheddar Pink though. This is a plant of limestone cliffs, such as in much of France, but the plant is confined to a single gorge in Britain. Somewhat unusually, Cheddar Pinks are pollinated by butterflies and by both diurnal and nocturnal moths.
The naming of names:
- Cheddar Pink - the Cheddar Gorge is this plant's stronghold in Britain; 'pink' because it's, well, pink - no denying it! (And yes, the cheese is named after the same area.)
- Dianthus gratianopolitanus - from 'dios' (god) and 'anthos' (plant); Saint Gratian was the first Bishop of Tours, there was also a Roman Emperor Gratian and the name means 'pleasing' or 'agreable'; Angelo Politanus was a poet and scholar, tutor to Lorenzo d'Medici's children, but I have no idea what connection, if any, to the plant he may have.
- Oeillet de Grenoble - 'Grenoble eyelet'. Grenoble is the main city in the French Alps.