Flowers in Australia: 7

Scarlet Pimpernel / Anagallis arvensis

orange low flowers


Scarlet pimpernel is also known as red pimpernel, red chickweed, poor man’s barometer, poor man’s weather-glass, shepherd’s weather glass or shepherd’s clock. A. arvensis is now naturalised almost worldwide, with a range that encompasses the Americas, Central and East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, Malesia, the Pacific Islands, Australasia and Southern Africa.

Thanks to Meg and Gilly for identifying this one.


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Best guess scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis). If so, it’s not a native, but it’s beautiful. Have a look at What do you reckon? I’ve seen it on the headland, beside the road along the river, and in my nature strip lawn. You’d think I’d be more certain!

    North Head, eh? A good walk?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think you are right Meg, I just didn’t expect them to be growing so high up from the shore. I didn’t walk up to the North Head, thank goodness as it was far too hot that day. I think I am going to struggle doing much walking in this heat. I had thought that it would be cooler in your springtime. This feels like midsummer to me! God help you all in Jan/Feb!

      1. I’ll be in Warsaw. And with a bit of luck it’ll be cooler here, depending on your definition of cool.

    2. Heyjude says:

      I’m OK up to around 22 degrees. I suspect I am going to have to get up early and walk in the cooler morning temperatures.

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    They do look like our scarlet pimpernel, perhaps a bit more abundant.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I thought it looked like the flowers I posted from Rye Harbour, but these were growing right at the top of the headland and I thought they were found more on the shoreline. But yes, I think you and Meg are right.

  3. I have no idea, but they sure are pretty little darlings. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      At least you are honest 😀 and they are rather sweet. Scarlet Pimpernel is the consensus.

  4. restlessjo says:

    Even stumped the botanist husband, Jude! But then, he’s full of cold, poor dear 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh no, I hope you are both feeling better now. My cold is much better, lots of vitamin C and nasal sprays!!
      Natural one of course 😉

  5. pommepal says:

    I agree not really walking weather at the moment. We have had the hottest November days and I am cooking…

    1. Heyjude says:

      You’re cooking? I’m melting!
      Went out today, slathered in suncream (which always makes me feel sticky) to climb up to the Barrenjoey lighthouse – mainly for the views. Boy was I hot! I thought these sort of temps were in Jan/Feb. At least there was a breeze 🙂

      1. pommepal says:

        It is certainly hotter than normal. I’m sort of dreading what Jan/Feb might bring. I think I will be looking at a house sit some where cooler. Hoping we have a storm tonight or tomorrow, we need that rain.

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