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Ragged Robin – Silene flos-cuculi

Ragged Robin (Silene flos-cuculi) is sometimes known as crow flower, meadow spink, bachelor’s buttons, thunder flower, Polly Baker, and Shaggy Jacks. It is a member of the Carnation and Pink family and is closely related to Sea Campion, White Campion, Red Campion and Moss Campion.

Ragged Robin produces small, delicate, star like pink flowers, each petal is divided which gives it the rough / scruffy appearance, which in turn gave it the name “Ragged”. This plant thives in damp pastures and woodlands, Ragged Robin loves to grow in these wet areas, and are more often found in marshes, fens and wet meadows. These flowers are great at attracting insects such as bumblebees, honey bees and buterflies.

Height: 30 – 60cm
Flowering Time: May to July
Preferred Conditions: This plant thrives in wetland areas and can be found in the most damp grasland locations such as water meadows and rush pastures.

Ragged Robin - Lychnis flos cuculi