Wild Harris

Ragged Robin

Ragged Robin 2 LCampbell.jpgRagged robin    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

The flower of the ragged robin is hard to mistake – it looks like someone has accidentally put it in a shredder!

Ragged Robin 1 LCampbell.jpgRagged robin    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

Each petal is divided into thin strips – held together in a green-purple bell-shaped base. It used to be a tradition for girls to pick a few flowers of ragged robin, give each one the name of a boy, and the first flower to open would tell her the name of her husband.

Ragged Robin 3 LCampbell.jpgRagged robin    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

The ragged robin is one of the first flowers to appear on the machair. It is sometimes called the cuckoo flower as it opens when the cuckoos arrive back in Harris. Bees and butterflies love the pollen - you can see a bee feeding in this picture.

by Alison Tyler