Druce's Crane's-bill - Geranium endressii x versicolor = G. x oxonianum

Description

A plant with slightly funnel-shaped flowers (18 to 25 mm) which have five pink petals, usually covered with a tracery of purple lines. These lead towards the lighter-coloured centre of the flower where the anthers are tipped purple. Each petal has a shallow cleft at its outer edge. The leaves are five-lobed, palmate and deeply veined. A slightly hairy plant, it is quite erect, occasionally reaching to 60 cm

Similar Species

The parent species G endressi and G versicolor - the hybrid forms a spectrum of variation between the two species, and there are many garden forms which will persist in the wild.  G endressii has veins paler than or same colour as the ground colour of the petals; G versicolor has darker veins.  See Stace (4th edn.) for further details

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Petal ground colour pale to deep pink; with or without darker veins.  

Habitat

A garden plant which may escape and naturalise from time to time, often found close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowers from May to September.

Life History

Perennial.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain as a casual.

VC55 Status

Infrequent or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in only 1 of the 617 tetrads.

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