Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)
Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) is a plant in the annuals and biennials category that can grow 10cm – 50cm tall and 10cm – 50cm wide. In this growing guide we’ll learn the cultivation details and how to plant Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis).
This plant has several common names including: scarlet pimpernel, bird’s eye, bird’s tongue, burnet rose, clockflower, common pimpernel, eyebright, little Joan, poor man’s weatherglass, red chickweed, red pimpernel, shepherd’s clock, shepherd’s weatherglass, sunflower or wink-a-peep.
This is a deciduous plant that takes 1 year to reach full maturity.
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Common name: scarlet pimpernel, bird’s eye, bird’s tongue, burnet rose, clockflower, common pimpernel, eyebright, little Joan, poor man’s weatherglass, red chickweed, red pimpernel, shepherd’s clock, shepherd’s weatherglass, sunflower, wink-a-peep
Scientific name: Anagallis arvensis
Plant type: Annual / Biennial
Habit: Mat forming
Height: 10cm – 50cm
Spread: 10cm – 50cm
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Moisture: Well drained
Garden type: Patio & Container Garden
Annuals and biennials are ideal for formal or informal flower beds, but also for growing in pots and containers of all kinds. They are important plants for their rapid growth, instant color and relatively low cost.
They are also useful plants for filling spaces between newly planted trees and shrubs, as well as in perennial beds that may need to be revived after the first spring bloom.
They are an important ingredient in country house gardens and wildflower meadows.
How to plant
In this section we will learn how to plant Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), know its needs in terms of soil, watering and sun exposure.
Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) is a plant that adapts to all types of soils, chalk, clay, loam or sand.
The chalky soil is pale and contains chunks of calcium-rich rock. It is a fertile and well-draining soil, almost always alkaline.
Clay soil is composed of more than 25 percent clay particles. These particles have a high moisture holding capacity and the soil is heavy to dig and can be waterlogged in winter (dry in summer).
The loam soil is dark, rich in organic matter but balanced in minerals. It offers the best of all worlds, retaining enough water for the plants, but allowing excess moisture to drain away. This is the most desired type of garden soil, perfect for most plants.
Sandy soil is light, porous and very easy to drain. It is a soil poor in organic matter and nutrients. It is composed of relatively large mineral particles that allow water to drain quickly.
It is not very sensitive to soil acidity or alkalinity and grows well in soils with pH acid, alkaline or neutral.
Regarding drainage, Anagallis arvensis likes to grow in well drained soil.
Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) should be grown in full sun places.