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.