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Flora of Cornwall (1999)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Flora of Cornwall (1999), which was a Tetrad Atlas (the maps had 2km square dots or Tetrads). The map on this web page depicts the plant's distribution at the 1km square scale and shows the records made pre-2000 which were used in the 1999 Flora and those made since.

Anagallis arvensis subsp. arvensis - Scarlet Pimpernel

A very common sight on disturbed soil, such as arable fields, allotments, gardens, and waste ground. Scarlet Pimpernel can also be a feature of road banks and sand dunes. In East Cornwall it is less frequent inland and scarce on Bodmin Moor. It can exist in other colour forms, var. carnea with salmon pink flowers and forma azurea with bright blue flowers. Both forms can be seen on sand dunes, but the latter is more common in gardens and horticultural ground. The blue form has in the past been confused with A. arvensis ssp. foemina but this subspecies is very rare in Cornwall.

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.