Information on Bog Pimpernel

Common Name: Bog Pimpernel
Scientific Name: Anagallis tenella
Irish Name: Falcaire corraigh
Family Group: Primulaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Bog Pimpernel is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.


This delicate little perennial plant grows in wet peaty ground such as bogs and damp marshes.  Its pink flowers are bell shaped and rarely longer than 1 cm with five hairless lobes.  They are borne on long, round stalks which emerge from leaf axils.  The distinctive leaves are round to oval, in opposite pairs on long trailing stems. The plant forms mats by putting down roots at the nodes on its runners. Like Scarlet Pimpernel, it tends to open mostly in sunshine, however its flowers do not open widely due to their funnel shape.  Bog Pimpernel flowers from June to August, is more easily found in the west of Ireland and belongs to the family Primulaceae.

I first found this little wildflower in 1973 Rossadillisk, Co Galway and photographed it on Abbey Island, Co Kerry and Tullycanna, Co Wexford in 2008. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Pimpernel, Bog
Pimpernel, Bog