This untidy plant likes to grow in damp places; it is very common in meadows and in marshes, and it blooms all summer.
The flowers grow in twos and threes, on short stalks which branch opposite each other near the end of a long slender stem.
The petals are a delicate pale pink, and they are very much cut up into narrow ragged pieces. You will easily know the Ragged Robin by these pink petals.
The sepals are joined together into a cup which is cut into teeth all round the mouth. They are dark green tinged with red, and have many purple veins running from top to bottom.
The leaves of the Ragged Robin are shaped like a lance. They are long and narrow with smooth edges, and they grow opposite each other in pairs, closely clasping the stem. Those leaves that grow close to the ground have sometimes short stalks.
The upper part of the sticky stem is dark red in colour, and it is usually rough.
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