L. flos-cuculi is a herb of damp habitats, found in wet grassland, rush-pasture, fen-meadow, ditches, tall-herb fen and damp woodland margins. A dwarf form (var. congesta), known from exposed coastal grassland in E. Kent, Caithness, Sutherland and Shetland, apparently retains this character in cultivation. 0-750 m (Cross Fell, Cumberland).
There has been little change in the distribution of L. flos-cuculi since the 1962 Atlas, in which it was mapped as `all records`. However, many county floras record local declines due mainly to drainage and agricultural improvement of wet grassland.
Eurosiberian Temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.
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Atlas text references
1992. Lychnis flos-cuculi - dwarf form. Rock garden. 22:423.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1986)
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.