from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The cuckoo-flower, Lychnis Flos-cuculi.


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  • Nectar plants such as perennial wallflower and ragged-robin will attract species including peacocks and large "cabbage" and small whites.

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  • Behind, before, in the branches of the trees, amongst the blades of grass, creeping under the mushrooms, swinging on the foxgloves, and clinging to the ragged-robin, were the fairies.

    Little Folks (Septemeber 1884) A Magazine for the Young

  • Flowers of the edge, meadow-sweet, ragged-robin and yellow flags, dipped into the water; willows spread their thin green over the embattled white and blue of the sky; here and there a rat plunged or a bird fled shrieking; bushes of wild roses flung out their branches, and everywhere the heat and the odours of a rich open land proclaimed the fulness of the midland summer.

    Lady Connie

  • Well, when our new maid came, on the supposition that Miss Woodbourne took care of her own clothes, she never touched them; and as Margaret's work was not endowed with the fairy power of lasting for ever, I soon grew as ragged as any ragged-robin in the hedge.



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