Ragged Robin

Silene flos-cuculi

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Conservation Status

Green, least concern

Best Time to See

May, June

Natural Habitat

Wetter woods and meadows.

A wild flower with a rakish charm. Ragged robin’s dishevelled beauty enlivens many a damp meadow.

How to spot it
Petals deep pink or white, each divided into four narrow lobes. Leaves are narrow and rough to touch.

How’s it doing?
Many counties have recorded a local decline, mainly from habitat loss to agriculture.

Did you know?
Ragged-robin is dedicated to St. Barnabas. Why? Hay-making took place around his Feast Day (11th June) and this bright pink flower would been found amongst the hay.

In Shakespeare’s time it was known as Crowflower and is one of the flowers in Ophelia’s “garland”.

In the the Victorian “Language of Flowers” it symbolises ardour, aversion, and wit.
It is particularly attractive to long-tongued bees.

www.plantlife.org.uk for more information

SHOP FOR Ragged Robin


A mix of British native wildflowers that are ideal for shadier areas of your garden and balcony. While these will struggle in total shade (as would all flowers!), this mix is designed for spots which receive only dappled sun or sun for just one part of the day (although will grow equally well in areas of full sun). Each ball contains approximately 30 seeds from a mixture of Bellflower, Forget-me-not, Meadow buttercup, Meadowsweet, Oxeye daisy, Ragged robin and Red campion. See Full Listing.


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