You are here

Bog Pimpernel

A delicate flower of wet heathland often forming quite large mats of leaves.



  • Bog Pimpernel: the bog primrose

    Post date: Thursday, 9 July, 2015 - 00:00

    The Dorset heaths can be very dry in parts and elsewhere they can be very boggy with many other variations in between. Where the soil is peaty and quite wet one can find this delicate plant; bog pimpernel (Anagallis tenella).

    It is related to the familiar scarlet pimpernel, a much more common weed of fields and gardens. Bog pimpernel is not rare as such but can only be found in suitable moist conditions and so may not be encountered very often. Where it does occur it can produce quite large carpets of leaves with these little flower heads appearing from amongst the leaves on stalks. 

    This is a member of the primrose (primula) family which usually have five petals this bog pimpernel I have photographed has seven! 



Common Name Bog Pimpernel
Scientific Name Anagallis tenella
Species Group Primrose Family Primulaceae
Interest Level
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Primrose family - Primulaceae
Status Restricted
Flower Colour Group Pink
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
Look for Small delicate plant with flowers that only open fully in sunshine
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

To see related species click here: 

Primrose Family Primulaceae