French Crane's-bill - Geranium endressii


    Medium to tall hairy plant. Leaves rounded or pentagonal in outline, divided to more than halfway into five broadly oval, irregularly toothed lobes. Flowers pink, 24 to 28 mm, with paler veins or veins of the same colour. Flowers generally in pairs, petals not or only slightly notched.

    Similar Species

    Geranium versicolor (white to pale pink petals with darker veins) or the hybrid Geranium x oxonianum (pale to deep pink petals, with or without darker veins) 

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Veins pale or same colour as ground colour of petals


    Often found as an escape from cultivation and established on roadside verges etc. Quite often close to habitation.

    When to see it

    Flowers in June and July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in the wild in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent as an established wild plant in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

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