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Lychnis flos-cuculi Jenny Lychjen

Perfect for encouraging wildlife

A charming plant for a wildlife garden or to grow in a moist, shady border. Soft pink flowers have a ragged outline and give this plant its common name of ragged robin.


Easy to grow in part shade.


Needs a moist soil that will not dry out. Water frequently in dry weather. Remove flower stems as they fade and cut back old growth to the ground in late spring once new leaves are spotted.

Ragged Robin is a British native plant sadly in decline due to modern farming methods that include the draining of wetlands.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 70 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 45 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 90 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September