Anagallis scarlet pimpernel

Height 2.5-5cm (1-2in)

Planting distance 15cm (6in)

Flowers mid summer to mid autumn

Ordinary well-drained soi

Full sun

Hardy annual

Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis aruensis), with its small scarlet flowers, is a familiar weed in fields. Its cultivated varieties, however, are well worth growing in the garden.

The plants reach only 2.5-5cm (1-2in) high, and form thick bushy clumps with a spread of 15cm (6in) – excellent for edging borders or growing in rockeries. The popular ‘Caerulea’ variety produces a mass of rich gentian-blue, star-like flowers from mid summer to mid autumn; mixed seed packs will also include red flowered plants.

Cultivation

Sow seeds in the flowering position in early to mid spring. The plants grow in ordinary well-drained garden soil but must have full sun. Thin out to 15cm (6in) apart when the seedlings are strong enough to handle.

Pests and diseases

Trouble free.

21. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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