Scarlet pimpernel Anagallis arvensis

Status Green - Least concern
Best Time to See May, June, July, August, September, October
Colour Purple, Red
Habitat Arable, Farmland

A sprawling but pretty plant.

As its name suggests, the scarlet pimpernel has bright red (or sometimes pink) flowers borne singly on long, square stalks with oval shaped leaves.

The 5-petalled flowers of this low growing plant open around 8am and close at 2pm, or in dull weather.


Widespread throughout the UK, although it is mainly confined to the coasts of Scotland.


Waste ground, open and arable land, sand dunes.

Best time to see

Flowers from May to October.

Did you know?

Scarlet Pimpernel's vivid flowers close up in bad weather - a trait that led to it being known as 'shepherd's weatherglass' or 'old man's weathervane'.