solitary flowers borne on long stalks (pedicels) originating from the axis of the leaves, five petals orange to orange red, tiny hairs on the margins
leaves are opposite, about 1 inch, sessil, many small dark purple spots on the underside, may occur in whorls of three
low growing, drapes over pots
The Scarlet Pimpernel was the emblem of the hero in the book The Scarlet Pimpernel" by Baroness Orczy. The common name Poor Mans Weather Glass is associated with the blooms closing during poor weather. Physically resembles the common Chickweed, except it has red orange flowers and spots on the bottom of the leaves.
Notes & Reference
#109-Annuals and Tender Perennials for North American Gardens (Wayne Winterroud)