Scarlet Pimpernel at East Point Park: August 2022

The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first novel in a series of historical fiction by Baroness Orczy published in 1905. It was written after her stage play of the same title (co-authored with Montague Barstow) enjoyed a long run in London, having opened in Nottingham in 1903. (Wikipedia)

It is also a pretty plant with flowers borne singly on long, square stalks with oval shaped leaves.

I usually see it with orange flowers growing along roadsides:

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

It is a species of Eurasia escaped from cultivation in North America. It does well in saline habitats.

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

There are several patches of it along the roadside at East Point Park by the eastern Bluffs.

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

Other botany:

Cat-tail (Typha)
Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
European Birch (Betula pendula)
Rose Hips
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Ninebark ((Physocarpus opulifolius)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Apple (Malus)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Wild-cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Panicled Tick-trefoil (Desmodium paniculatum)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)


High noon in August! over all the land
The very air is palpitant with heat;
While stretching far, the fields of ripening wheat
Unrippled lie as plains of yellow sand!                 – Henry Sylvester Cornwell (1831–1886)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Scarlet Pimpernel at East Point Park: August 2022

  1. rosemarie fischer

    beautiful wild flowers…cute flower that Scarlet Pimpernel,everything is so “luscious” now in nature.
    thanks Miles


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