Lysimachia arvensis L.
Scarlet Pimperel
Myrsinaceae (Myrsine family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Derrick Ditchburn     (Photo ID #45789)


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Distribution of Lysimachia arvensis
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Species Information

Plants annual (rarely perennial), taprooted.
Leaves opposite, lanceolate to ovate or elliptic, sessile, base somewhat clasping, 5-15 mm.
Flowers long-stalked; corollas salverform, salmon to pink or reddish (rarely dark blue), throat purplish or bluish, 3-7 (10) mm wide, lobes finely fringed with small marginal hairs; calyces divided nearly to the base, usually not exceeding the corolla, 2-5 mm, lobes linear-lanceolate and scarious-margined; filaments long-hairy, reddish; anthers yellow; pedicels exceeding the subtending leaf, arched or curved (recurved in fruit), 10-40 mm. Flowering Jun-Aug.
Capsules 4-6 mm.
Stems decumbent to ascending or erect, several, branched near the base, 6-50 cm tall.

SourceThe Vascular Flora of British Columbia, draft 2014.
Author: Jamie Fenneman


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Habitat and Range

Introduced; infrequent in sw BC (s Vancouver I., Gulf Is., Lower Fraser Valley). Widespread cosmopolitan weed, native to Eurasia; established widely throughout North America (north to s Canada).

SourceThe Vascular Flora of British Columbia, draft 2014.
Author: Jamie Fenneman


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Anagallis arvensis subsp. arvensis L.