Anagallis monellii “Blue Pimpernel”

Anagallis monelli, commonly called blue pimpernel, is a low-growing tender perennial of the primrose family that grows to 6-10” (less frequently to 18”) tall and spreads to 20” wide. Saucer-shaped, deep gentian blue flowers (to 3/4” diameter) bloom non-stop from early summer to frost on sprawling stems clad with lance-shaped to elliptic, medium green leaves (to 1” long). Each flower has five overlapping petals and a small red center. It is stunning combined with contrasty blooms and foliage like Ursinia anthemoides and Heuchera ‘Marmalade’.

Culture

Winter hardy to USDA Zones 8-10 where plants are best grown in light, sandy/humusy, consistently moist, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Plants will flower poorly in too much shade. Thrives with little or no water after established and self-sows!

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Aphids may be troublesome. Root rot may occur in poorly drained soils.

Details

  • Garden Locations: Rock gardens, beds and borders. Ground cover. Containers. Hanging baskets.
  • Common Name: blue pimpernel
  • Type: Herbaceous perennial
  • Family: Primulaceae
  • Native Range: Mediterranean Region
  • Zone: 8 to 10
  • Height: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
  • Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
  • Bloom Time: June to frost
  • Bloom Description: Gentian blue with small red center
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Water: Medium
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Suggested Use: Annual
  • Flower: Showy

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