The neat little terra-cotta or brick-coloured flowers of this common, low-spreading plant have a popular reputation for forecasting rain by closing their petals in advance. The Pimpernel is found in sandy soil in waste places, from May to August, where it grows annually from four to twelve inches in length. The ancients used this plant as an antidote for poison, and it has been recommended as a local remedy for sores. The twisted, square stalk is smooth and shiny, and lies upon the ground. The small, oval leaves are usually arranged in alternate pairs along the stalk. They are rather loose-textured, have an entire margin, and are somewhat clasping. The under side is speckled with numerous fine, black dots. The pretty five-parted, wheel-shaped flower varies greatly in colour, from flesh to scarlet. The divisions are finely toothed at the apex, and the five purple, hairy stamens are tipped with yellow. The green calyx has five tiny grooved parts. The flowers are set singly in slender stems which spring from the axils of the leaves. They are really very sensitive to the light, and only open in the bright sun, closing quickly whenever it is obscured. Anagallis is Greek, meaning delightful. The plant spreads in dense patches, and is found from Newfoundland to Florida, Texas, and Minnesota, and on the Pacific Coast. It is naturalized from Europe.