The 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.
This 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.
The leaves of the leaves of the scarlet pimpernel are opposite, and the stem has a square cross section.
Here, one flower is open, one closed, and a sphrical fruit from an older flower.
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