Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #34 Scarlet Pimpernel

Anagallis arvensis

One of the few native plants that has red flowers, the scarlet pimpernel, or shepherd’s weatherglass from its action of closing up when the sky clouds over, is quite unmistakable. It’s related to the cowslip and the primrose and like the latter it has five petals and a darker-coloured centre. The neat little light-green leaves are in pairs.

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