Scarlet Pimpernel

Scarlet Pimpernel

Anagallis arbensis

Other Common Names:

Pimpernel, Scarlet Pimpernel

Weed Type:

Annual Weed


Poisonous prostrate annuals, light green leaves, blue or red flowers

Control Methods:

Manual removal, Hoeing

Active Ingredient / Herbicides:

2,4-D (e.g., Turfweeder)

About this weed

Anagallis arvensis, also known as scarlet pimpernel, is a small, annual, hairless plant that is considered a naturalized exotic in South Africa. It is a cosmopolitan invasive species that is harmful and toxic in many ways. It is acrid and bitter, and grazing livestock usually avoid eating it, except when overgrazing or eating stubble.
Anagallis arvensis has a fibrous root system and weak stems that can be ascending or erect, up to 50 cm tall. It has dense mats of weak stems that spread outwards from a central base to cover up to 0.25 m².
It can grow in a variety of field environments, such as agricultural crop fields, vineyards, orchards, pastures, grasslands, landscaped urban areas, and other disturbed sites such as roadsides.

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