Scarlet Pimpernel is an annual weed that looks
similar to Common Chickweed when not in flower. The light green leaves are egg or oval shaped
and usually form in pairs at intervals on the plant stems. The individual flowers can been
seen from June to September and are an orangey - red colour with 5 petals. Scarlet Pimpernel
can be found in most soil conditions.
Individual plants may be hand
weeded before it becomes more widespread. Once it has become a problem use a selective weed killer
containing 2,4-D, Mecoprop and Dicamba. A repeat application 6 weeks later may be necessary. For
more information on the application of selective herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page. Once
the weed has been removed or controlled the bare area can be filled with a mixture of suitable
soil and grass seed to aid recovery.