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Anagallis arvensis

Scarlet pimpernel

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.06m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourRed, orange sometimes blue, rarely paler
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet pimpernel). This pimpernel has orange, red or blue, radially symmetrical flowers with short tubes and five lobes and magenta marks at the base, with yellow pollen. The stamens have hairs with droplets of nectar to attract pollinators called 'lollipop hairs'. The leaves are oval, bright green, soft in texture and have no stalks attaching them to the stem. They are arranged in opposite pairs.

Characteristics

Annual, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadows.

Medicinally it has been used for ulcers and wounds but scientific evidence is lacking. Known to be toxic to horses and dogs.

"We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell?
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel." (Sir Percy Blakeney, Baronet, ch.12 in The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy.)

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

This plant prefers light, free draining soil in full sun.

Propagation

By seed

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids

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