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Scarlet Pimpernel
Anagallis arvensis

Scarlet Pimpernel, Anagallis arvensisThe commom names of organisms sometimes are confusing.  Why is this flower called "scarlet pimpernel" when it's clearly not scarlet in color.  It is a common weed.  If the flower were larger, it might be cultivated, It is attractive when you look closely.

Scarlet Pimpernel, Anagallis arvensisThis pimpernel is sprawling in my garden where I hadn't weeded for a couple weeks.  Notice how the flowers close up for the night, or cloudy weather.

Scarlet Pimpernel, Anagallis arvensisThe leaves of the leaves of the scarlet pimpernel are opposite, and the stem has a square cross section.

Scarlet Pimpernel, Anagallis arvensisHere, one flower is open, one closed, and a sphrical fruit from an older flower.

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