Anagallis arvensis L.
Common Name: COMMON PIMPERNEL, SCARLET PIMPERNEL
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Ad A-Forb

A species of Eurasia, introduced, and in part escaped from cultivation, in North America. Except for a 1901 collection by O. A. Farwell from Detroit (Wayne Co.), all Michigan specimens have been gathered since 1935, most often in lawns, gardens, and along roadsides, including saline habitats; but also along streams and doubtless in other disturbed sites.

The corolla is usually a striking brick-red. Besides the characters given in the key, hairy filaments and leaves ± gland-dotted (especially beneath) will help to identify this distinctive species. Blue and white forms occur; the white is not known from Michigan, though the blue form has been found rarely in SE Michigan (and in adjacent Essex Co. Ontario.)

Locations

Bay County
Berrien County
Ingham County
Kalamazoo County
Lenawee County
Presque Isle County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 15, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1707.