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, verges, 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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Dove's-foot Crane's-bill, Dovesfoot Crane's-bill
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
11/05/1992 (John Mousley;Steve Grover)
Last record:
08/09/2023 (Alton, John)

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