Poorman’s Weatherglass, Anagallis foemina

Anagallis foemina is an herbaceous plant from the Myrsinaceae family. It is commonly referred to as Poor man’s weatherglass.

A. foemina is a low-growing plant. It contains weak, sprawling stems that grow about 2 to 7 inches long. The stems bear bright green opposite or alternating leaves. These leaves are lance shaped and grow approximately .28 to .43 inches wide and .47 to .62 inches long.

A. foemina bears small flowers that grow about .31 inches in diameter. They have a short stalk and grow from the leaf’s axils. Normally the blooms are blue, although they may be red on occasion. They have 5 sepals and 5 petals. The flowering period is from April to October. Its flowers are hermaphroditic and are pollinated by insects. The fruit it bears is a spherical capsule that measures around .15 inches in diameter and contains about 15 seeds.

A. foemina is found naturally in central and southern Europe. It has been introduced to Africa, northern and eastern Asia, North and South America and Western Australia.

Image Caption: Poorman’s Weatherglass, (Anagallis foemina). Credit: Hans Hillewaert/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)