|Scientific Name:||Anagallis arvensis|
Other Common Names:
Scarlet Pimpernel, Blue Pimpernel, Red Pimpernel, Red Chickweed, Shepherds Clock, Shepherd’s Weather-glass, Poor Man’s Weather-glass, Poorman’s Barometer
Native to Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa.
Small, low growing, perennial or annual herb with creeping to weakly erect, square-angular, stems (brown with mature), 5-30 cm long, hairless. Leaves are opposite, ovate to oblong-ovate in shape or occasionally narrow, 5-25 mm long and stalkless.
Flowers red, pink, orange or blue (the latter two colours being most common) and five petalled with 5 pointed, alternate sepals. Fruit is a brown, round but 5-ridged capsule, 3-5 mm diameter.
Widespread weed of pastures, cultivation, gardens, disturbed and waste areas. Common on the banks of water courses and the edges of swamps and lakes.