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Anagallis tenella

Bog pimpernel

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height0.05m to 0.1m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.45m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitCarpet
  • Flower ColourDeep pink
  • Leaf ColourBright green

Description

Anagallis tenella (Bog pimpernel). This species is a prostrate perennial. The solitary flowers are funnel-shaped and shades of pink with parallel darker pink lines, fluffy white stamen filaments and five cream-yellow anthers; they are borne in the summer. The leaves are rounded and are placed in opposite pairs on the stem.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Bog

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

A wild flower with attractive flowers, suitable for boggy yet open ground. Ground cover.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilLoamy, Boggy, Chalky
  • WaterWet to moist

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 division or by seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids

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