General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Plant Height: 2-6 inches
Flowers: Showy
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Dynamic Accumulator: Mg (Magnesium)
Toxicity: Other: According to the Audubon Field Guide, this plant is poisonous.
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Self fertile
Needs specific temperature: 18-20C
Days to germinate: 18-21
Depth to plant seed: Surface sow. Do not cover.
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Start indoors January-May. Transplant when large enough to 3" pots (preferably peat). Harden off & plant out after frost 12" apart. Direct sow in April & May. Germination can be erratic.
Pollinators: Self
Various insects

Common names
  • Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Poor Man's Weatherglass
  • Pimpernel
  • Adder's Eyes
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Lysimachia arvensis
  • Synonym: Anagallis arvensis

  • Posted by piksihk (Texas - Zone 9a) on Mar 31, 2013 3:27 PM concerning plant:
    They self-sow every year; make a good ground cover.
  • Posted by Horntoad (Nederland, Texas - Zone 9a) on Sep 30, 2011 9:01 PM concerning plant:
    Scarlet Pimpernel was once used in treatment for epilepsy and mental problems.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On December 6, 2019 Seeds sown
front left side bed; frt of blk scallop
piksihk On March 19, 2015 Bloomed
» Post your own event for this plant

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page