Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Ragged-Robin - Silene flos-cuculi   (Linnaeus) Clairville
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Author(Linnaeus) Clairville
DistributionCollected in Alleghany County in 2007, Buncombe County in 1945, Jackson County in 2010, and Macon County in 1962. Thus, Mountains only.

Native of Europe; in N.A. Newf. to Ont. south to PA and OH; also NC.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatRoadsides, field/forest ecotone, rocky bank of Tuckasagee River.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-June.
IdentificationRagged Robin is one of the most exquisite wildflowers, in our humble opinion. The 5 pink petals are each deeply cut into 4 lobes, 2 of them linear and 2 filiform. The plants grow 1-2.5 feet tall. The stem leaves are narrowly lance-shaped; the basal leaves are lance-shaped and form a rosette.
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