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. Photographs on iNaturalist that seem to be away from cultivation are from Rockingham, Cherokee, Henderson, and Transylvania counties. Photographed away from obvious cultivation in Wake County in 2024.

Native of Europe; in N.A. Newf. to Ont. south to PA and OH; also NC.
AbundanceRare in the Mountains; very rare in the Piedmont.
HabitatRoadsides, field/forest ecotone, rocky bank of Tuckasagee River.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-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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Chris BaranskiWake County; 18 April 2024 WakePhoto_non_natural
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