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Poor man's Weatherglass, scarlet pimpernel, red pimpernel, red chickweed, poorman's barometer, shepherd's weather glass, shepherd's clock.
Native to Europe. Throughout United States.
Sun-loving; roadsides; wasteground; garden lawns; prefer sandy well drained soils.
Annual; low sprawling, creeping on the ground. Flower June-August. Flowers open only in sunshine.
- Stem: up to 4-12 in. (10-30 cm) long; leafy.
- Flower: 1/4 in. (6 mm) in diameter; bright red or vivid red-orange (rarely blue or white); all growing on long stalks from the axils of the egg-shaped leaves; petals slightly joined together at the base; calyx deeply cleft into 5 parts.
- Leaves: under 1 in. (2.5 cm) long, egg-shaped.
- Medicinal: was used for treatment of melancholy; leaves can cause dermatitis.
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