British Wildflowers – Scarlet Pimpernel

Scarlet pimpernel – a small flower with a big and famous name. A low sprawling plant with bright red flowers about 10mm across. All parts of the plant are poisonous and contain glucopyranoside cucurbitacins (Arvenins I to IV). Consumption can cause stomach upsets, trembling and kidney damage. (Source:

Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis): picture taken with a Panasonic TZ30 Camera
Scarlet pimpernel: Picture taken with a Panasonic TZ30 camera

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3 thoughts on “British Wildflowers – Scarlet Pimpernel”

    1. Well the flowers are reddish but the centre is deep scarlet, plus add to that the white balance of the camera :-(. Can you see the centre?

      The point-and-shoot is convenient to slip into the pocket and walk about while negotiating stinging nettles. But I’d much rather use my dSLR when I can..

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