Bloody Crane's-bill - Geranium sanguineum


Short medium hairy plant with a stout horizontal rhizome. Stems much branched, erect or spreading. Leaves are rounded in outline but split into 5 to 7 pinnately divided lobes. Flowers usually deep reddish purple, 25 to 30 mm across, usually solitary the petals slightly notched and the stalks with a pair of small bracts near the centre.

Identification difficulty

Grassland or woodland, usually on limestone, and often coastal. Sometimes occurs as a garden escape.

When to see it

Flowering June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread in most of Britain, but often local.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland where it is most likely to occur as a garden escape. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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