Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ragged Robin

Ragged robin is one of my favourite flowers, with one of the more unusual Latin binomials: Lychnis flos-cuculi
It's increasingly rare, preferring damper soils in our increasingly drained and dry landscape. This was growing by the side of the cycle path between Beddingham roundabout and the Glynde turn-off, and I can't help feeling it was part of a 'wildflower' mix of seeds planted after the development.
It is a member of the Caryophyllaceae or Carnation or Pinks family which includes a number of other easily recognisable and attractive flowers.
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