Lychnis flos-cuculi

Lychnis flos-cuculi

Ragged robin

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Lychnis flos-cuculi
  • Common name: Ragged robin
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 75cm

Spread: 80cm

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colour:
  • BlueGreen
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Ragged robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi, is found growing naturally in damp places in Europe, Caucasus and Siberia. With an upright or spreading habit, ragged robin has blue-green, lance-shaped leaves at the base of the plant, becoming more rounded further up the stem. In summer loose, flat flower heads carry star-shaped flowers with deeply cut petals, which vary in colour from purple-pink to white.

Lychnis flos-cuculi is an understated, hardy perennial perfect for growing in damp borders, around the edge of ponds and in wildlife gardens. Plant in boggy soil in full sun to partial shade.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic, Boggy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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