Seek out the Scarlet Pimpernel


Seek out the Scarlet Pimpernel

Once considered a weed of cornfields, the Scarlet Pimpernel is now in decline due to intensive agricultural practices. It can be found in arable fields, on roadside verges and waste ground, and on coastal cliffs.

Flowering between June and September, Scarlet pimpernel is a common arable weed and is most famous for being the emblem of the fictional hero of the same name.

It is sometimes also known 'Old man's weathervane' or 'Shepherd's weather-glass' as the flowers close when atmospheric pressure falls and bad weather approaches.

Scarlet pimpernel can be found in arable fields and gardens, on coastal cliffs, roadside verges and chalk downlands. The plant is native to Europe, West Asia and North Africa but has been distributed widely around the worldby humans, either deliberately as an ornamental flower or accidentally.

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