Belongs to: pink family

Ragged robin Lychnis flos-cuculi

in long term decline

Best time to see: May to Jul

Key facts

Irregular thread-like bright pink flowers give it its name

Once widespread in damp meadows and marshes but in long term decline and now only occasionally seen


Plant up to 90cm high; upright with branches carrying flowers

Flowers bright pink, 3–4 cm across, each with several thin, raggedy petal pieces

Leaves narrow, smooth, in opposite pairs

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Tony Gunton