But what is it? Seems to me like some sort of Cephalaria perhaps? The flower stalks are about 20" tall; the basal rosette is ~1" tall. The flower stalks have one pair of lanceolate opposite leaves, and there is another pair immediately under the inflorescence. The inflorescence seems to be somewhat sticky (judging from the unfortunate flies that met their fate there). Any ideas? Thanks.
I would say it is a member of the pink family, not a Cephalaria. However, beyond that, I don't know.
Looking more closely, I can see its is a Silene... based on the 'caught' flies!
Ha, I think I have finally, accidentally, stumbled across an ID: Saponaria bellidifolia
It is said to be a perennial, though mine came through one winter from seed, bloomed and was dead this spring.
Special plant, but I would say that's probably not the greatest loss you've had, Lori ;D
No, unfortunately, I've lost many other things that I regretted a lot more. ;D ;D