Scarlet Pimpernel

Anagallis arvensis

Primulaceae Family (Primrose)


Distinguishing Characteristics


  • Generally in disturbed areas.
  • Common garden and roadside weed.

Additional Information

  • Introduced. Native to Europe.
  • Flowering time: year-round.
  • Blue flowered specimens were once described as a separate subspecies. But, as you can see from the last photo, some plants have flowers of different colors.
  • Toxic to livestock and humans.
  • Additional images from CalPhotos.
  • Treatment from Jepson Manual.



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