Lychnis flos-cuculi

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, England, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Wales, Yugoslavia

Lychnis flos-cuculi is an utterly charming plant.  This hardy, herbaceous perennial, is a UK wild flower, which is commonly known as ‘Ragged Robin’ – a name that references this plant’s star shaped, deeply cut flowers.  Ideally suited to growing in a wet, water meadow, a damp pasture, or a bog garden, Lychnis flos-cuculi is the perfect choice of plant to grow alongside a pond or in any soil or area of ground where the soil is always wet and prone to flooding.

If you’re looking to encourage bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects to your garden and you have an area of damp soil that enjoys sunshine or partial shade but doesn’t dry out during the summertime, Lychnis flos-cuculi would be a great choice of plant for your garden.  These pretty pink, perennial flowers are popular with many types of bee, butterfly, and hoverfly.

Lychnis flos-cuculi grows to around 70cm (2.3ft) tall.  Plants flower in May, June, July, and August.

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