The plant alluded to is the Moss Campion ("Silene acaulis"
'Moss Campion (Silene acaulis).'
This most beautiful plant is scarce in England, though it is
found in great abundance upon the mountains of Scotland. The first
specimen I ever saw of it, in its native bed, was singularly fine,
the tuft or cushion being at least eight inches in diameter, and
the root proportionably thick. I have only met with it in two
places among our mountains, in both of which I have since sought
for it in vain.
Botanists will not, I hope, take it ill, if I caution them
against carrying off, inconsiderately, rare and beautiful plants.
This has often been done, particularly from Ingleborough and other
mountains in Yorkshire, till the species have totally disappeared,
to the great regret of lovers of nature living near the places
where they grew.