Ragged robin is a delicate beauty. It likes damp, marshy areas and although found throughout the British Isles its numbers are declining.
The flowers are an important source of nectar for butterflies and long-tongued bees.
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
You can find out more here: Plantlife