Best Time to See: May, June
Habitat: Woodland, Grassland
Colour: Deep pink or white
A wild flower with a rakish charm.
Ragged robin's dishevelled beauty enlivens many a damp meadow.
Petals deep pink or white, each divided into four narrow lobes. Leaves are narrow and rough to touch.
Habitat and distribution
Wetter woods and meadows.
Did you know?
- Ragged-robin is dedicated to St. Barnabas. Why? Hay-making took place around his Feast Day (11th June) and this bright pink flower would been found amongst the hay.
- In Shakespeare's time it was known as Crowflower and is one of the flowers in Ophelia's "garland".
- In the the Victorian "Language of Flowers" it symbolises ardour, aversion, and wit.
- It is particularly attractive to long-tongued bees.
Many counties have recorded a local decline, mainly from habitat loss to agriculture.