Species: Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

Family: Primroses (PRIMULACEAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Primroses (PRIMULACEAE)

This is a mainly temperate and cold region family, with many familiar wildflowers and cultivars amongst its members.

C. Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

The star-like flowers of this native wildflower vary in colour (red, pink, lilac, blue), but appear from May. This plant is used to prepare a diuretic and expectorant that eases feverishness by promoting perspiration, but as fever is characterised by reddening of the skin, and this flower is red, it may be a case of a homoeopathic remedy. The flowers close when rain is on the way, hence its name of 'poor man's weatherglass'.


Scarlet Pimpernel

The native Scarlet Pimpernel has star-like flowers that vary in colour (red, pink, lilac, blue) appearing from May.