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Ragged Robin

Silene flos-cuculi

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 deeply cleft pink or red petals, divided into 4 narrow lobes.
Fruit:
A globular, 5-valved capsule with an opening at the top. The capsule splits open in late summer to release its brown seeds.
Leaves:
Opposite, lance-shaped leaves. The stem leaves are stalkless but the basal leaves are stalked. 'Lychnis' (see botanical name) comes from the Greek 'lychnos' which means Lamp. This is in reference to the greyish-green leaves.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Other Names:
Crow Flower, Crow Soap, Cuckoo Flower, Cuckoo Gilliflower, Cuckoo Hood, Indian Pink, Marsh Gilliflower, Meadow Lychnis, Meadow Pink, Wild William.
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, fens, floodplains, grassland, marshes, meadows, roadsides, wetland, woodland.