Ragged-Robin - Silene flos-cuculi

Alternative names
Ragged Robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi

Medium to tall, roughly hairy plant often branched. Basal leaves oblong to spoon shaped, stalked. Stem leaves linear lanceolate. Flowers pale to bright purplish pink (occasionally white) 30 to 40 mm, the petals cut into four narrow pointed segments.

Identification difficulty

Damp places, wet meadows, marshes, wet woodland.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 245 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map