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Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis).  This orange flower is no more than ¼-inch across and is on a sprawling stalk only 4 to 12 inches high.  It is introduced from England and often appears as a weed in flower beds or other areas of open soil.  The flowers close in late afternoon.  It is famous in the play The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy, in which an undercover hero rescues individuals from being guillotined and leaves behind a card with a scarlet pimpernel drawn on it.

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