Ragged Robin

An attractive plant on wet meadows and around lakesides in May is Ragged Robin.

I always like spotting some Ragged Robin each year as it’s such an unusual flower. Its delicate pink or purple flowers have deeply divided petals which at first glance suggests they have been torn by the winds. Far from it! If you look closely at each petal you can see it resembles a little person!

Ragged Robin (Silene flos-cuculi)

Ragged Robin is native to Europe and Asia. It prefers wetland habitats such as marshes, meadows, and damp grasslands.

It’s known to be highly attractive to various pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hoverflies. So if you have a perpetually wet part of your garden, this would be a welcome addition!

Submitted for Cee’s Flower of the Day.


  1. Oh! That was a surprise. Our ragged robin is different: I had to go and look it up: silene dioica in our case. But pop over to Google Images, and there are other choices too. Yours is lovely, but I do have a soft spot for ours.

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