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(Russian goritsvet), a genus of perennial herbaceous plants of the family Caryophyllaceae. There are five species in the temperate regions of Eurasia. In the USSR there are two species. Ragged robin (C. flos-cuculi), with pink (rarely white) flowers, grows in damp meadows and at the edges of swamps and sometimes as a weed among cultivated fodder grasses; it is sometimes cultivated in gardens. Rose campion (C. coriacea) is a silvery-white tomentose plant with large single raspberry-red flowers, growing wild in arid regions (the Crimea, eastern Transcaucasia, Middle Asia); it is grown as an ornamental. Goritsvet is also the name given in horticulture to species of the genus Lychnis and to several other Caryophyllaceae; in medicine the name goritsvet is also applied to Adonis.
O. M. POLETIKO