Dove's-foot Crane's-bill - Geranium molle

    Alternative names
    Dove's Foot Crane's-bill

    Low to short, densely and softly- hairy semi-prostrate plant. Leaves rounded and divided beyond halfway into 5 to 7 wedge-shaped lobes. Stems with long white hairs. Flowers pinkish purple 6 to 10 mm in lax clusters, the petals deeply notched and scarcely longer than the sepals.

    Similar Species

    Geranium pusillum.  

    Identification difficulty
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    Small flowers, mericarps glabrous and usually ridged; pedicels with some long hairs as well as short 


    Dry grassland, lawns, cultivated land especially amongst arable crops, waste ground.

    When to see it

    April to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common in much of Britain though scarcer in the north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 243 of the 617 tetrads.

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