Ragged robin at NWT Upton by Ian Davis 1/3
Ragged robin by David North 2/3
Ragged robin at Earsham by Andrew Atterwill 3/3

Ragged Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi

Ragged robin is a perennial plant that grows in wetter areas such as marshes, fens, damp pastures and old woods. In the language of flowers ragged robin is a symbol of ardour and wit. The flowers are mostly pollinated by butterflies and long-tongued bees.

Conservation status

A plant that is widespread across Britain but is not common and is suffering a decline as wet meadows, pastures and fens have been drained and improved for agriculture.

Details

Did you know? The name Lychnis comes from the Latin for lamp as these flowers stand out in the landscape and flos-cuculi means cuckoo flower as it flowers at the same time as the cuckoos are calling.

Plants with the name Robin are often linked to goblins and evil in folklore and it is considered unlucky to pick the flowers and take them into the house.

It was said that if a gentleman carried the plant in his pocket and it survived then he would be successful in love.
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