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Lychnis flos-cuculi

Ragged robin

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Lychnis flos-cuculi

Plant details

Ragged robin is found growing naturally in damp places in Europe, Caucasus and Siberia. It has the typical, flat flower-heads of Lychnis, but these are loose, with only a few individual flowers. They may vary from purplish pink to white and are star-shaped, with deeply cut petals. Plants are slightly hairy and upright or spreading. The blue-green leaves are lance-shaped at the base, becoming more rounded further up the stem. This is an understated, hardy perennial, that you may like to grow in your own wild patch in the garden.

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Genus: Lychnis

Species: flos-cuculi

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 75cm

Spread: 80cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to divide plants: March to April

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Helpful but I do wish that the glossary had pictures of flowers too,

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