Scarlet Pimpernel, Pimpernel, Adders Eyes
Anagallis arvensis

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Anagallis (an-uh-GAL-us) (Info)
Species: arvensis (ar-VEN-sis) (Info)
Synonym:Anagallis arvensis subsp. arvensis

Category:

Herbs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Amesti, California

Malibu, California

Manhattan Beach, California (2 reports)

Menifee, California

Oak View, California

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

San Jose, California

San Mateo, California

West Covina, California

Barbourville, Kentucky

Sulphur, Louisiana

Cumberland, Maryland

Knoxville, Maryland

Oakland, Maryland

Neptune, New Jersey

Crown Point, New York

Henrietta, New York

Whitsett, North Carolina

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Millersburg, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Garland, Texas

Lufkin, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Santa Fe, Texas

Uvalde, Texas

Lyman, Washington

Oroville, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

6
positives
3
neutrals
4
negatives
RatingContent
Negative

On Jul 3, 2014, cinemike from CREZIERES
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

We find it here
We find it there
Us gardeners find it everywhere
Is is from Heaven
No it's from Hell
That damned invasive Pimpernel!

Positive

On Mar 23, 2014, 2QandLearn from Menifee, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I found this plant growing in an area where new houses were being constructed nearby, brought it home, planted it in a pot, and collected the seeds once they dried. . . .

Then, I cast them in a semi-shady spot. It has grown & had flowers & seeds every year since (about 5?), but is not invasive here, perhaps because our soil is heavy clay, and it supposedly prefers a light soil.

I most definitely enjoy the laciness of this plant's growth habits, the small leaves and the delicate, plain, flowers!

Positive

On Jun 29, 2012, Emma60 from Grassy Creek, NC (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is one of the prettiest, most welcome little flowers I know of. I discovered it growing on a neighboring property many years ago and dug it up and put it in my garden. It stayed in the same spot (or its seedlings, perhaps) for several years. It never reseeded anywhere else, so invasive is the last word I have for it, and since I didn't have nearly enough in my garden, I would say "evasive" is more like it.

Negative

On Jul 28, 2011, jillybean78 from Manhattan Beach, CA wrote:

This plant is pretty for a weed; however, it is rampant in my garden and it is poisonous if ingested by animals.

Positive

On Mar 28, 2010, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

For a 'weed' -- it's very lovely. Comes up unbidden. If unwelcome -- uproots easily enough. The blooms' coloring is quite attractive...even enviable.

Positive

On Aug 4, 2009, napdognewfie from Cumberland, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

Cute little flowers for a weed & has spots on the undersides of the leaves. Not too invasive so I leave a few to bloom around the garden. It is a few zones hardier than listed

Negative

On Jul 7, 2008, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Pops up everywhere! Good thing it's easy to pull out.

Positive

On Jan 26, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Scarlet Pimpernel, Pimpernel, Adders Eyes (Anagallis arvensis) also is naturalized in the Hawaiian Islands, Puerto Rico, Canada and Greenland.

Neutral

On Nov 22, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Scarlet Pimpernel, Pimpernel, Adders Eyes, Anagallis arvensis ia naturalized in Texas and other States.

Positive

On Apr 22, 2006, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've had this coming up in a small area of my garden for a few years now. I don't find it invasive at all....It just stays and reseeds in the same spot every year growing between the other plants. Little orange/red flowers with a bluish eye.
I hope it comes up again this year!

Negative

On Jun 3, 2004, Ulrich from Manhattan Beach, CA (Zone 11) wrote:

One or two are great, but it's very invasive. Am forever pulling it.

Neutral

On Jan 25, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

In climates where it is not hardy, scarlet pimpernel reliably reseeds to become a permanent member of the garden. Seeds sprout without assistance, and are easily thinned.

Neutral

On Oct 27, 2001, Baa wrote:

A prostrate, variable annual from Europe but widely naturalised across the Northern Hemishpere.

Has ovate or lanceolate, mid green leaves on prostrate stems. Bears 5 petalled, solitary flowers which are normally a brick/orange red but can be blue, white or a pinkish shade. It may also have a purple, pink or blue eye.

Flowers anywhere between March-October and for many months at a time. They close on rainy days and dull days or at 2pm

Likes a moist, well drained soil in full sun but will tolerate a little shade. Being small it prefers not to have much in the way of taller competition. It grows well in a container or as part of a sunny rock garden.

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