One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small European plant with scarlet flowers that close in rainy or cloudy weather.
Anagallis arvensis subsp. arvensis, family PrimulaceaeAlso called poor man's weather glass
- ‘Flowers, such as cornflowers, scarlet pimpernel and shepherd's needle, used to be a common sight in the county's cornfields 50 years ago, but today many are rare, or even extinct.’
- ‘The demand for the olive branch, the poppy, the scarlet pimpernel, and seaweed was high and she reproduced these personally meaningful designs over and over again.’
The name assumed by the hero of a series of novels by Baroness Orczy. He was an English nobleman who rescued aristocrats during the French Revolution, always avoiding capture.
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