Beatrix Farrand Plant Profiles

Lychnis flos-cuculi


Lychnis flos-cuculi, ragged robin

Lychnis flos-cuculi forms a rosette of low growing foliage with numerous flower stems 2 to 3 feet tall. The stems rise above the foliage and branch near the top of the stem and end with the small pink flowers. The flowers have five narrow petals deeply divided into four lobes giving the flower an untidy, ragged appearance, hence its common name.

This plant grows well in most garden soils and can take sun to part shade. It seeds itself in readily around the garden but almost always into happy locations since it mixes well with other perennials like iris and lupine as it does here in the garden at Bellefield.