Scarlet pimpernel

Scarlet pimpernel

Scarlet pimpernel

Anagallis arvensis is an attractive annual weed of light soils. It spreads by means of dehiscent (bursting open) seed capsules from August to October. Flowers can range from pink to red and blue and lilac.

To get rid of it, pull it up by hand to prevent seeds spreading, or use a contact or residual weedkiller.