The scarlet pimpernel flower

Scarlet Pimpernel Control: Tips For Scarlet Pimpernel Weeds

The British sometimes refer to scarlet pimpernel as the poor man’s weather-glass because the flowers close when the sky is overcast, but there is nothing quaint about the plant’s invasive potential. Find out about scarlet pimpernel control in this article.

Identifying Scarlet Pimpernel

Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) is an annual weed that is quick to invade cultivated areas such as lawns, gardens and agricultural lands.

Scarlet pimpernel looks a lot like chickweed, with small, oval leaves growing opposite of each other plants that grow no more than one foot tall. The two main differences between the weeds are found in the stems and the flowers. The stems are round on chickweed plants and square on scarlet pimpernel. The one-quarter inch scarlet pimpernel flowers can be red, white, or even blue, but they are usually bright salmon in color. Each star-shaped flower has five petals.

The stems and foliage contain sap that can irritate the skin or cause a rash. When managing scarlet pimpernel by pulling up the plants, be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands. The plants are poisonous if eaten to both humans and animals. The leaves are quite bitter, so most animals tend to avoid them.

Managing Scarlet Pimpernel

There are no chemicals recommended for the control of scarlet pimpernel, so we have to rely on mechanical methods to keep the plants in check.

Since scarlet pimpernel weeds are annuals, preventing the plants from flowering and producing seeds is the best method of preventing their spread. Frequent mowing and pulling before the buds open are good ways to keep the plants from going to seed.

Solarization works well on weeds growing in large areas. You can solarize the soil by laying clear plastic over the problem area. Use rocks or bricks to hold the sides of the plastic tight against the ground. The sun’s rays heat the soil beneath the plastic, and the trapped heat kills any plants, seeds and bulbs in the top six inches of soil. The plastic has to remain tightly in place for at least six weeks to completely kill the weeds.

Scarlet Pimpernel, Poor-Man’s Weather Glass

The name “Scarlet Pimpernel” was widely popularized by a novel of the French Revolution by Baroness Orczy, whose hero, Sir Percy Blakeney, used the flower as a trademark when he rescued victims from the Reign of Terror.

The petals fold up when skies darken before storms or at twilight, not opening again until morning light triggers their rebloom — hence its other common name, poor-man’s weather glass. A native of Europe and Asia, it is sparingly naturalized in parts of the United States.


Description of scarlet pimpernel: A plant whose low-spreading habit causes it to creep over the ground rather than grow upright, scarlet pimpernel’s bright flowers provide a twinkling cloud of color. A blue form (A. a. caerulea) gives the same light, airy effect. It will rarely grow more than 4 to 5 inches high.

Growing scarlet pimpernel: Scarlet pimpernel thrives in full sun in ordinary garden soil, but favors sandy, well-drained conditions. Plant 6 inches apart after danger of frost has passed. It will continue blooming all summer.

Propagating scarlet pimpernel: Start new plants from seeds. Seeds germinate in about 18 days indoors at 60 degrees Fahrenheit and may be planted when the danger of frost has passed. They’re easily grown by sowing seeds in the garden, then thinning plants to 6 inches apart. They also reseed.

Uses for scarlet pimpernel: Scarlet pimpernel is ideal for color in a rock garden. It also makes a good edging for paths or flower borders. Grown in pots on a sunny windowsill, it will continue flowering during fall and winter.

Scarlet pimpernel related species: A. monellii, which grows up to 1 foot high, can be grown as an annual. The flowers range from blue with red undersides to pink. A. tenella, from the moist soils of southern Europe, bears small, scarlet, bell-shaped flowers on longer stems.

Scientific name of scarlet pimpernel: Anagallis arvensis

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The Pimpernel is a unique aftermarket Maliwan sniper rifle that appears exclusively in Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty. Pimpernel is obtained from the mission Don’t Copy That Floppy located in Washburne Refinery.

Special Weapon Effects

Sink me! – When the main projectile hits a surface or hitbox, a second pellet moves vertically in a straight line and splits into 5 separate pellets all with original card stats. These 5 pellets move out in a star pattern, hitting once at full damage and can then hit a second time at 50% damage. The distance from the first impact to the second impact depends on the velocity of the projectile.

Usage & Description

The Pimpernel sports 50% splash damage that gets Reaper buffs, but no grenade buffs, and 100% critical hit buff. Unlike other sniper rifles, it is actually beneficial to aim slightly below critical weak spots of a target, allowing the additional pellets to hit and score critical hits by themselves, possibly boosting the damage done up to 27 times the card number.


Scarlett’s logo

  • The full title of the weapon is “Captain Scarlett’s Pimpernel”, but the prefix will be overwritten if the weapon spawns with any accessory.
  • If spawned with the “Gentleman’s” prefix and with slag element, the weapon will not list the additional 120% critical hit damage granted by the prefix, although it will still be applied.
  • As they are not listed on the item card, each additional projectile will receive full amp damage.
  • If the bullet ricochets to an enemy due to Gaige’s Close Enough skill, the extra pellets will spawn from striking the enemy, not the original contact point.
  • If used by a Gunzerker as the off-hand gun while Gunzerking, the extra pellets take the damage and elemental type of the main-hand gun. Additionally, if the main-hand gun has no bullets left in the magazine, the pellets will receive the damage scaling of Money Shot. This damage scaling works even if the main-hand weapon cannot trigger the damage bonus of money shot. This makes the Pimpernel absurdly powerful when paired with a Rocket Launcher such as Nukem or even Norfleet, and even more so when they are empty, by delivering massive DPS to targets in a quick session. The pellets will not inflict damage on the user whatsoever.
  • The bomblets are affected by Zer0’s Vel0city and Maya’s Accelerate, which will alter their deployment. In particular, this can make it more difficult to score multiple critical hits.
  • A Pimpernel shot can proc B0re, allowing for even greater damage output with even a single hitbox present on a single enemy.
  • B0re, Chain Reaction, and The Nth Degree will proc a new bullet and the second impact will apply again for each time these skills proc.
  • A slag Pimpernel with a matching Maliwan grip has a slag chance of 64.8% and since each pellet has a splash effect, the gun has 12 chances all at 64.8% for a total of a 99.9996% chance of applying slag from a single shot. Additionally, since the pellets arc outwards and can hit a second time, they can slag other enemies near the first one and each of those hits will have 2 chances at 64.8% chance to be slagged. With Flicker, the slag chance can be over 100%.


  • In addition to the name referencing Captain Scarlett, the Pimpernel’s barrel also bears her logo. There is no indication given as to why C3n50r807 possesses the Pimpernel.
  • The name and flavor text of the gun is a reference to the fictional character The Scarlet Pimpernel, an English nobleman who saved French royalty from the Guillotine during the French Revolution, who occasionally exclaims “Sink me!”.
  • The energy ball distribution is in the pattern of an opening Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet pimpernel) flower, which only opens when the sun shines.
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The dashing Lord Percy and his little scarlet flower

`THIS is the scarlet pimpernel,” said the nature guide, pointing to a tiny flower at our feet along the southern California park trail. A flower is rarely shocking, but this one was. For years I had associated the name “scarlet pimpernel” with that dashing fictional hero created by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. His daring rescues of innocent victims of the French Revolution and his double life as the elegant Lord Percy Blakeney and the mysterious “Scarlet Pimpernel” kept him popular with British and American readers for generations. In fact, I had only recently seen a rescreening of the story on television.

Blakeney had earned the title of “Scarlet Pimpernel” because he signed the mocking notes he left for the outwitted revolutionaries with the little star-shaped flower. All the characters in the book recognized the flower as the scarlet pimpernel. The author describes it only as “a humble wayside flower.”

My introduction to it confirmed that description: About the size of a dime, it had five petals, and the blossoms grew in pairs along a vining stem. But it was coral, not scarlet! Humble, though – so humble I wondered why it was chosen to symbolize such a high-class adventurer.

Was the flower elusive? It had certainly eluded me for decades, but was this a common experience? It seems not. A little sleuthing through botanical sources turned up the remark, by Edward Step in “Wayside and Woodland Blossoms” (1906, one year after the publication of “The Scarlet Pimpernel”), that “Everybody who knows anything of our wildflowers – even in the most restricted sense – is acquainted with the Scarlet Pimpernel.” The pimpernel had been around in England since the days of the Romans, pointed out Winifred Pennington in “The History of British Vegetation” (1974).

But, of course, there were other flowers common enough for everybody to recognize; that couldn’t be a sufficient reason for the choice.

The English version of the pimpernel was scarlet, however, for the most part. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, in 1874 Sir Edmund Gosse wrote of the pimpernel, “Except the corn poppy, this is said to be the only scarlet flower we have.” So if Baroness Orczy, writing just 30 years later, wanted a red flower to associate with the bloody French Revolution, she might not have had a large choice.

Maybe the name “pimpernel” itself meant something intriguing. The OED traces it back to the Latin pipinella, probably a corruption of bipinella, or two-winged, referring to the pairing of the leaves on the stems. No help there. The Greek name for pimpernel, however, is anagallis, made up of ana (again) and agallo (to adorn). That might suggest the repeated drawings of the flower on the taunting notes. Unlikely, I thought.

I checked other characteristics of the plant for hints. All the botanical descriptions agree that the scarlet pimpernel is a glabrous (hairless), diffusely branched annual, almost prostrate, with flat, five-petaled flowers about one-half inch across and smooth, ovate leaves, usually opposite. It is native to Europe, having become naturalized in North America – “often becoming a nuisance,” one author sniffed. The flowers – mostly scarlet in England, although occasionally white or bluish – have become “mostly salmon” in California, according to Philip Munz in “A Flora of Southern California.”

The flower books also note that the pimpernel has a habit of closing late in the afternoon or in bad weather, earning it such names as “shepherd’s clock” or “poor man’s weatherglass.” This trait didn’t seem to fit with the style of a man who virtually flowered under bad circumstances and usually carried out his missions in the dark. Perhaps it hinted at elusiveness, but I needed a stronger reason than this for its choice.

NOT until I stumbled on “The Lady’s Book of Flowers and Poetry,” by Lucy Hooper (1858), did I find it. Hooper lists popular meanings for flowers: For the pimpernel she gives “symbol of assignation.” One meaning of “assignation” is “the arrangements of a time and place for an interview or tryst.” Such arrangements were crucial to the Scarlet Pimpernel’s operations: Those marked for death were given directions for trysts shrouded in secrecy and generally accomplished only after a few hair-raising pages. Readers of the early 20th century may have been more familiar with floral symbolism than are we today. “Say It With Flowers” is about the extent of our romantic associations with plants, so it is little wonder that the significance of the pimpernel required such extensive tracking down.

It’s some satisfaction to have arrived at a reasonable guess as to why the baroness represented her hero as “the scarlet pimpernel”; but the mystery remains as to why the flower turned from scarlet to salmon when it reached North America. That’s one for the plant biologists to solve.

Meanwhile we can be grateful that the original flower with which the author was familiar was scarlet. No hero could have succeeded with a title like “The Salmon Pimpernel.”

For those who are emotionally trapped by others, often with a psychic dependence.

Anagallis arvensis
Made with sun method using only the flowers and with vodka water mix.

Scarlet Pimpernel is a component of Liberation, Wood Excess and Protection & Clearing.

Scarlet Pimpernel is a useful essence for someone emotionally entangled with another person.

There are two states the flower deals with – either being obsessed or being “possessed” by someone else. In either case they are unable to break free, even though they may realise that the relationship is unsatisfactory and probably very bad for them.

There may well be strong psychic bonds originating from the dominant person. These can be difficult to break as this person usually has a lot to gain from the possessive relationship.

Often there is a deep-rooted fear in the victim of breaking free from this connection in case it leaves them void and desolate. In addition, they know that they will have to face the anger of the other person.

Domination by others saps our will-power and subverts our energies. The process frequently starts when someone seems to offer us something that we want or feel we need – for example, love, sex, money or spiritual growth. We fail to see that sometimes the person offering us these things is, in some way, a predator, and that we may well become a victim if we fall under their spell.

Scarlet Pimpernel works at a hidden level, enabling us to disconnect the ties that bind us and to gain sufficient power to break free.

Early Purple Orchid may well be helpful if taken at the same time. This will help to open up the energy channels to the changes that are taking place.

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