- Approximate height: Foliage: 2½ cm (1 inch) Flower: 5cm (2 inches)
- Recommended water levels: plant in moist or wet soil or very shallow water
- Flowering time: June to July
- Flower colour: Pink
- Supplied in the 9cm pot we grow them in
This pretty British native plant has fine foliage and gorgeous little cup-shaped pink flowers in summer. Low-growing, very small-leaved, and with a slow creeping habit, it can be used to carpet the edge of ponds, and is especially good for tiny ponds. Found in the wild in wet, open sites around the edges of water bodies or in flooded pastures, it flowers best in a sunny spot. The foliage is semi-evergreen; where it is sheltered from the weather it will remain on the plant, and where it is exposed to the ice and frost it will die back.
Most catalogues place bog pimpernel in with the true marginal pond plants, because it can be grown in flooded/waterlogged soil (very shallow water), as opposed to simply moist soil like the other marsh plants. However, because the plant is so small and doesn't like its foliage submerged, we wouldn't recommend more than half to one centimetre of water over the soil. Therefore, for practical reasons, we feel it is more suited to be in the marsh plant section.
If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 5 Anagallis tenella plants per square foot of ground, or 2 - 3 plants per linear foot of pond edge. Read more here on how to pot and care for your marsh plant.