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Species of the week – Scarlet Pimpernel

The little red/orange blooms supported on a mass of low growing, straggly green stems are an unmistakable feature of disturbed ground in Ireland in the summer. Look out for them on light soils and wastelands. This is an annual flower, meaning that it completes its life cycle in a single season, however, its tiny seeds, dispersed on the breeze, are sure to develop into a new generation of plants for the next season. Observe this flower under different conditions and you may notice that the flowers open and close as the atmospheric pressure changes, leading it to become known in some parts as “poor man’s barometer”, This plant also lends its name to the elusive fictional revolutionary character who signed his messages with a small red flower.
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