from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant, Phlox subulata, found on the rocky hills of the central United States, and often cultivated for its handsome pink-purple flowers.
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Even the larkspur, beloved of children, the moss-pink, and the grape-hyacinth may sometimes be seen growing in country fields and byways.
If you have ever seen moss-pink at home, revelling in the clefts of the rocks in the spray of the waterfall, I am not sure that you would much care to see it anywhere else; but, if not, you will find it a very Fairylandish thing indeed.