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Scarlet Pimpernel

Anagallis arvensis

Poor man's weather glass, Shepherd’s Weather-glass, Red chickweed

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Pimpernel is a low-growing prostrate annual plant. It does not compete well so it favours places where the soil is almost free of other plants. This common European plant is generally considered a weed and is an indicator of light soils, though it grows opportunistically in clayey soils as well. In gardens Pimpernel should be displayed with pride at the front of borders and rockeries. The flower is most widely known as the emblem of the fictional hero the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Not harvested

Propagation

Seed
Sow Scalet pimpernel in situ at a depth of 1/4 cm below the soil surface, with a spacing of 12 to 20 cm after the last frost of spring. It requires between 30 days and 45 days to germinate.

Geography

Origin
Europe, Western Asia and North Africa.
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Primulaceae
Flower colour
, Yellow, Orange, Blue
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free

Companion plants

Pimpernel does not compete well, so it is best planted on its own with enough space around it to prevent competition from other plants.

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