Plant Focus: Ragged Robin

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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

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