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
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.
Lilac flowers in fall.Orange-red stigma is true saffron of commerce. To harvest saffron, pluck stigmas...
Native to western and central North America. This striking perennialgrows 2–4 ft. tall and not quite a...
Native to East Asia; forms fans of sword-shaped leaves from slowly creeping rhizomes. The plants are p...