|Scientific name:||Lychnis flos-cuculi L.|
|Synonym name:||Coronaria flos-cuculi A. Braun, Silene flos-cuculi (L.) Greuter & Burdet|
|Nederlandse naam:||Echte koekoeksbloem|
|Family:||Caryophyllaceae, Pink Family, Nejlikväxter|
|Stems:||Height 30–60 cm; with sparse, short, quite rough hairs, sticky|
|Leaves:||Opposite, basal leaves stalked, stem leaves stalkless; basal leaf blades narrowly spatulate, stem leaves’ narrowly lanceolate–long, with entire margins|
|Flowers:||rose–violet red; petals 5, deeply 4-lobed; calyx tube is five-toothed with ten stamens|
|Fruits:||Capsule, greenish, 5-valved, 8–13 mm|
|Habitat:||Springs, spring swamps, shores, damp shore meadows, road and field ditches, hay fields|
|Distribution:||Common in southern and central Sweden, but also occur rarely in the north|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Lychnis, Greek lychnos, a lamp; in allution to the flame-colored flowers.
flos-cuculi, flos, "flower;" cuculus, "cuckoo bird"
Coronaria, corona (Latin), "crown"; coronaria, used for garlands, or pertaining for garlands.
Silene, probably from Greek sialon, "saliva," referring to gummy exudation on stems, and/or named for Silenus, intoxicated foster-father of Bacchus (god of wine) who was covered with foam, much like the glandular secretions of many species of this genus.