Myrsinaceae: Myrsine Family
Scarlet Pimpernel – Lysimachia arvensis
Waste places, grassy areas
A very common small plant, with flowers that are usually closer to orange than scarlet. It can also be found in pink, blue and red forms. A close look at the flower is rewarded by showing its range of colors, including reddish-purple bases to the petals and bright yellow anthers.
Star Flower – Lysimachia latifolia
Shaded banks and deep woodland
This low-growing plant has small, star-shaped pink or white flowers, with 5–7 petals (occasionally 8) and long, slender stamens. The large ovate leaves are in a whorl, with 2 or 3 flowers arising from the center of the leaves on separate, thread-like pedicels. Photo #2 by CJH.