Anagallis MonelliItalian Pimpernel
- Class and Order
- Pentandria Monogynia
- Generic Character
- Cor. rotata. Caps. circumscissa 1-locularis, polysperma.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- ANAGALLIS Monelli, foliis lanceolatis caule erecto. Linn. Syst. Veget. ed. 14. Murr. p. 196. Ait. Kew. v. 1. p. 201.
- ANAGALLIS cœrulea foliis binis ternisve ex adverso nascentibus. Bauh. Pin. 552.
- ANAGALLIS tenuifolia Monnelli. Clus. app. alt.
In Italy and Spain, where this plant grows spontaneously, it is an annual, producing seed in abundance; with us (as far at least as we have observed) it produces no seed, but like the Senecio elegans, and some other annuals, is renewed, and rendered perennial by cuttings, which strike freely, and by which the plant requires to be renovated once or twice in a season; though described as growing with an upright stem, it requires to be tied up to a stick; and if this be neatly and dexterously done, its brilliant azure flowers springing from every side of the stem, render it a charming ornament for the greenhouse or window: it flowers during most of the year.
Clusius called it Anagallis Monnelli, the first knowledge he had of the plant being from his friend Johannes Monnellus.
On the same plant we find the leaves grow two, three, or four together, with flowers corresponding.