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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

24. Scarlet Pimpernel
(Anagallis arvensis L.)

24. Scarlet Pimpernel

This little annual is common on cultivated ground and by roadsides. The stems are square, the oval leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, and the flowers, on slender stalks, grow singly from the axils of the leaves. Red flowers are the rule, but occasionally they are pink, white or blue. The flowers open only in bright weather. They are said to close when rain threatens, hence the old country name "poor man's weather-glass."