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Bog pimpernel

Bog pimpernel

Bog pimpernel is scarce in much of the UK, only being common in Wales, western Scotland and south-west England. However, it is still widespread in the New Forest.

This plant grows in wet, open meadows and fens. It disappears if sites become too dry or are cultivated, or if scrub and trees are allowed to grow. Grazing greatly helps to prevent the encroachment of scrub.

Bog pimpernel can be found throughout the New Forest – look in any of the wetter, grassy places.  The pink flowers are out in June and July.

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Bog pimpernel is low growing. The flowers are small, pink and cup-shaped with five petals. The leaves are small, rounded and in pairs along thin wiry stems.

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