Wild Flowers of Pittsburgh

Myrsinaceae

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

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This is a marvelous plant. It blooms all summer in the poorest soil, even in the cracks of sidewalks; it closes when bad weather is coming, apparently in response to the change in atmospheric pressure; and it rescues French aristocrats from the guillotine.


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