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Ragged Robin

Observed: 12th May 2011 By: ChalkieChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in Plants
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Bright pink flowers that stood out in grassland. I was surprised to find them, as I'd spent about half an hour looking for anything remotely interesting in this field, and had decided that it was pretty disappointing. Maybe someone planted these? I couldn't see anything else noteworthy though - just clovers, vetches, bird's-foot trefoil and knapweeds (and grass).

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Species with which Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi) interacts


Chalkie's picture

Thanks for the name update

I should have looked at the new pictures first, and I'd have seen that someone else had had theirs renamed...

I'm going to find it hard to remember it I think - Lychnis flos-cuculi has such a lovely lilt to it.

I imagine that flos-cuculi means cuckoo-flower (may be wrong!) - anyway, I heard a cuckoo just after I found the ragged robin - first cuckoo I've heard for several years. Nice!

PhilT69's picture

These grow -

in very damp meadows - maybe there was a wet area where you found it?

Phil T.

Chalkie's picture

I know - but there wasn't really!

That's why I thought it was a bit odd - the meadow is next to a lake, but it's quite steeply sloping, and the plants were a good 100m or so from the lake and the ground seemed pretty baked dry really. The rest of the field was very uniform - same range of species across the whole field, pretty much - I wondered whether it had been seeded with a 'meadow' mix as there were lots of clovers and vetches.

A very pretty flower anyway.