Anagallis Plant Growing & Care Guide for Gardeners

In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Anagallis plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.

Scarlet Pimpernel, Poor Man's Weatherglass, & Shepherd's Clock: Cultivation & Garden Use

The common names for the half hardy perennial Anagallis include Shepherd's clock and pimpernel.

They typically flower from early summer to early autumn.

Plants belong to the primrose family (Primulaceae).

Clarence A. Rechenthin @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Description of Pimpernel

Anagallis are bushy plants that grow low to the ground, they have numerous scarlet red or dark blue star shaped flowers.

Pimpernel should be displayed with pride at the front of borders and rockeries.

Anagallis arvensis
Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel) photograph by Joost J. Bakker.

How to Grow Scarlet Pimpernel

It is best to sow Scalet pimpernel and similar species at a depth of 1/4 cm (1/10th inch; lightly cover) below the soil surface.

Use a spacing of 12 to 20 cm (5 to 8 inches) , and put out after the last frost of spring.

Anagallis monelli
Anagallis monelli (Blue Pimpernel) by Udo Schröter.

Pimpernel prefers to be grown in full sunlight. The soil type is not important.

Anagallisrequires between 30 days and 45 days to germinate, it is best to plant seeds outside as transplanting pimpernel plants is problematic.

Caring for Anagallis in the Garden

Anagallis is easy to grow and looks after itself, the only thing to remember is not to move the plant once it has been set as they do not tolerate being moved.

Common Questions

How many members does the Anagallis genus have?

The Anagallis genus includes around 20-25 species.

Do members of Anagallis make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, Anagallis, often known as Pimpernel, is appreciated for its vibrant flowers and works well in rock gardens and borders.

Which Anagallis species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

The most commonly grown species is Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel).

Are members of the Anagallis fragrant?

Anagallis plants are not typically known for their fragrance.

What is the perfect location to grow Anagallis?

Anagallis prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It can tolerate a variety of soil types.

Is Anagallis invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Some species of Anagallis, such as Anagallis arvensis are considered invasive in certain parts of the USA, including California and the Pacific Northwest.

How do I remove Anagallis from my garden?

Removal can be done by pulling or digging up the plants, ensuring to remove all roots and seeds to prevent regrowth.


The Anagallis genus, commonly known as Pimpernel, consists of annual and perennial plants with vibrant flowers. Native to Europe and Asia, Anagallis plants are appreciated for their colorful blooms and compact growth habit. They prefer well-drained soil and full sun exposure. Regular watering is important to maintain optimal growth and flowering.

Growing Anagallis is relatively easy as they are adaptable and can tolerate different soil types. These plants can be propagated through seeds or cuttings. Anagallis species are commonly used in rock gardens, borders, or containers, adding a splash of color and charm to the landscape. Their vibrant flowers create a visual impact and attract pollinators, making them a delightful addition to any garden setting.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on Anagallis. You may also enjoy the following garden growing guides: How to grow Cyclamen persicum, Meconopsis Plant and Primula plants.