Scarlet Pimpernel - Pimpernel
Poor Man's Weatherglass
Anagallis arvensis, Syn: Lysimachia arvense
Primulaceae (Primrose) Family

Plant is a sprawling, low-branched, annual. Its preferred habitat is sandy soils, waste places and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are 1 to 2 inches long; opposite; oval-shape; no leaf stalk.

Flowers arise from the leaf axil; about 1/4 inch wide. Corolla is five-lobed; petals commonly orange to scarlet, but may also be white or blue; fringed with minute teeth; five stamens and bearded filaments. Flowers occur in late spring and the summer.

Pimpernel was introduced to North America from Europe. This attractive annual often shows up in flower beds or in other open soil sites. The flowers close in late afternoon. The comical name, Poorman’s Weather glass, was given because its flowers close when cloudy or bad weather is imminent. It was used as a cure for melancholy; however, the leaves may cause severe dermatitis in some people.

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