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Anagallis

Pimpernel
Primulaceae
Annuals, Perennials, Flowers

Two colorful species are seen in the West, one an annual weed and the other an attractive perennial. Newer hybrids are becoming popular.

Anagallis arvensis, photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja
Anagallis arvensis, photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja

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Anagallis arvensis

This low-growing, weedy plant from Europe has bright green leaves and 1/2-in., brick red flowers. Has naturalized in California. A. a. caerulea has deepblue, larger flowers; it tolerates most soils and heat, thrives in dry gardens, and grows well in containers.

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