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LYCHNIS flos-cu­culi ‘Jenny’

Lychnis, or ragged robin, is one of my favourite na­tive wild­flow­ers. You’ll spot its del­i­cate “ragged” pink blos­soms in damp mead­ows in the coun­try­side.

Sadly it is on the de­cline due to the drain­ing of marshes and bogs, but you can en­joy this cul­ti­vated ver­sion in your borders.

Jenny has a fuller dou­ble flower but still re­tains the del­i­cate at­tributes of its wild rel­a­tive.

Grow in sun or par­tial shade but make sure it doesn’t dry out in the sum­mer. And, as a bonus, but­ter­flies love this plant too.

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