x-Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Jenny'
Lynchnis flos cuculi 'Jenny' is an enchanting garden form of our beautiful, British wild flower, Ragged Robin. With clusters of finely cut, shaggy flowers in a clear pastel pink it is a delightful addition and has an upright habit with the flowers held high on wiry stems.
It blooms throughout midsummer, but giving plants a hard trim as flowers fade will produce a second flush later in early autumn. It is lovely at the front of the border, where its light airy growth allows you to see through it to the plants beyond or further back weaving in and amongst other flowers and grasses its own height.
Ragged Robin is found in the damp meadows and pastures of Britain and Europe, although sadly, it is now rare, and it loves a fertile, moist but well drained soil. Plant 'Jenny' in spring in full sun, although it can cope in some shade, adding some compost to the planting hole and do not let plants dry out. They love having damp feet and will even thrive in the wet margins of a bog garden.
A herbaceous perennial, it can be cut down after flowering at the end of the season. Give plants a boost with a generous mulch of well rotted garden compost around the base in spring and this will also help to conserve moisture through the summer.
'Jenny' is an easy, undemanding plant, just give her the right conditions and she will thrive.
Charming with other late flowering perennials like perovskia, achilleas and sedums, 'Jenny' is best in informal gardens and prairie plantings. She is also a hit with beneficial insects and so perfect for a wildlife garden or simply dotted in clumps anywhere, as a draw to butterflies and bees.