Identification: Flowers scarlet to orange-red (rarely white or blue), star-like, with yellow stamens and a darker center. Each flower with a long, thin flower stalk and usually arising in pairs from the leaf axils of a pair of leaves. Stem with 4 angles and usually heavily branched. Leaves ovate, sessile to the stem, and occurring in opposite pairs (rarely in small whorls). Plant 4 to 12 inches in height.

Habitat: Scarlet Pimpernel is a weed found in a variety of disturbed habitats such along roadsides and in empty lots and fields.



close up of the flower