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Anagallis Genus

Pimpernel

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

Description

Anagallis genus (Pimpernel). This is a genus of annuals and creeping perennials, grown for their flowers. The leaves are usually oval with a heart-shaped base and arranged alternately on the stem. The flowers are radially symmetrical and can be various colours from bright red to bright blue with a short tube and five lobes per bloom.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Evergreens, Herbaceous

Origin

Mediterranean & Europe.

The flowers only open in direct sunlight, which is where the genus name Anagallis comes from; the ancient Greek words 'ana' meaning 'again', and 'agallein' which means 'to delight in' referring to the way the petals open or close in varying light.

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

Cultivation

The young plants may be planted outdoors in fertile soil after the danger of frosts have passed. Fully to frost hardy. Plant in an open, sunny site in fertile, moist soil.

Propagation

By seed or division in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids

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