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Anagallis arvensis

Common Name(s):   Scarlet Pimpernel
Scientific Name:   Anagallis arvensis

Anagallis arvensis, more commonly known as Scarlet Pimpernel, is a member of the Primrose family and is a hairless annual plant, growing to 10cm in height with straggling rectangular stems. Leaves are opposite, to 2cm long, oval to lanceolate, pointed and stalkless. Flowers in the leaf axils, solitary, long-stalked and 5-partite, with sepals 4-5mm long, joined together at the base. Corolla 5-7mm long, divided almost to the base, usually red, sometimes blue and, rarely, pink. Corolla lobes widely spread, entire, with glandular hairs at the edges. Fruit a 4-5mm long capsule, opening around the middle. Flowering Season is June to October. Found on both cultivated land and waste ground. Widespread throughout the UK.

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