Common Stork's-bill - Erodium cicutarium

Alternative names

A variable low to medium hairy plant, with a strong smell. Leaves 2-pinnately lobed, or pinnate. Flowers purplish pink 7 to 18 mm, with up to 12 in an umbel, the upper two petals often slightly larger, with a black blotch at the base. Fruits hairy, the beak can be up to 40 mm long.

Identification difficulty

Disturbed ground and dry grassland

When to see it

June to September, but has been known to flower in most months.

Life History

Annual or biennial

UK Status

Fairly frequent but local nationally.

VC55 Status

Occasional and quite local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 33 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map