Poor Man's Weatherglass, Shepherd's Sundial, Laughter
Native, common throughout Britain.
Found on cultivated land, waste ground and dunes.
Low growing, prostrate plant with red flowers with a purple eye
from May to August. This
plant is also known as the Poor Man's Weatherglass because its flowers
close when the sun goes in.
It was once thought to cure
madness and dispel melancholy which is why it was call Laughter Bringer
The flowers contain no nectar or scent and so are not visited by
Sowing Instructions for Seeds:
Sow seed in situ during spring.
plants and seeds are of native British origin.