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.
Perennial, Deciduous, Bog
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.