What plant is that?

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Scarlet Pimpernel
Photo credit: © Francis R. Underwood 2011

This annual with its orange-red flowers and opposite leaves is tolerant of salt as evidenced by its frequent occurrence along the rocky shoreline of Narragansett Bay.  One of its common names comes from its inclination to foretell the weather. It is native to Europe and is naturalized throughout the United States. The delicate orange flowers provide an interesting contrast to the blue sky and granite in the background.and, also to the desolate place where it is growing.  This plant was photographed at Black Point in Narragansett not far above the high tide line.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
 
Alnus incana ssp. rugosa
Common Name:
  Poor Man’s Weather Glass or Scarlet Pimpernel
Family:
  Primulaceae (Primrose Family)
Habitat:
  Rocky shoreline along the coast, sandy fields, waste places

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