Anagallis scarlet pimpernel
Height 2.5-5cm (1-2in)
Planting distance 15cm (6in)
Flowers mid summer to mid autumn
Ordinary well-drained soi
Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis aruensis), with its small scarlet, 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.
Sow seeds in the flowering position in early to. The plants grow in ordinary well-drained garden but must have full sun. Thin out to 15cm (6in) apart when the seedlings are strong enough to handle.
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