Lychnis flos-cuculi L.
Coronaria flos-cuculi (L.) A. Braun
Silene flos-cuculi (L.) Greuter & Burdet
Ragged robin, named for its ragged-looking pink blossoms, is a native of Europe that has become naturalized in northeastern North America.
Identification: Plants are 8-35" (20-90 cm) in height. Jointed stems have long, narrow leaves in pairs, each up to 3" (7.6 cm) in length. The pink (rarely white) flowers, 1-1½" (3-4 cm) across, have five petals, each with four uneven lobes. Flowers are 1-1½" (3-4 cm) across. Leaves are 2-3" (5-7.6 cm) long × ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm) wide, entire, and attached directly to the stem.
Here are species with similar-looking flowers. See also Centaurea.
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|Plant||8-35" (20-90 cm) high, slightly branched|
|Leaves||About 2-3" (5-7.6 cm) long, ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm) wide, entire|
USDA Zones: 4a-8b
Lychnis flos-cuculi at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium
Lychnis flos-cuculi at Wildflowers of Ireland
Lychnis flos-cuculi on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site
Lychnis flos-cuculi on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Lychnis flos-cuculi description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.
Range: Zones 4a-8b: