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Scarlet Pimpernel

Observed: 8th August 2009 By: JaseJJaseJ’s reputation in PlantsJaseJ’s reputation in Plants
Scarlet Pimpernel
Scarlet Pimpernel
Description:

A small number of plants growing on what appeared to be a fire damaged area with other 'weeds'.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) interacts

Comments

Rose's picture

lovely little flower

I like this ‘weed' apparently occasionally you may find blue-petalled variants of this wild flower (I have keep an eye open for it for a number of years) I have never seen it though, have you?

Rose

the naturalist man's picture

Scarlet pimpernel

A very attractive small plant. Some say you can eat the leaves, however they contain poisons and dogs have died after being fed this plant.

John Hill's "The Family Herbal" (1812) says this was used to cure epelepsy and madness. Says a lot for early 19th century medicine that they considered epelepsy a form of madness. Also, scarlet pimpernel being poisonous what kind of cure was it?

Graham Banwell

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