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.

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