Hedgerow Crane's-bill - Geranium pyrenaicum


    Medium height hairy plant with erect or ascending stems. Leaves rounded in outline, divided to just over half-way into 5 to 7 wedges. Flowers purple to mauve-pink in pairs forming lax clusters, the petals deeply notched and 7 - 10mm,  and with 10 anthers . Fruit hairy on densely hairy deflexed stalks.

    Similar Species

    Geranium molle and Geranium pusillum

    Identification difficulty
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    Larger flowers, petals 7-10mm


    Meadows, hedgerows, waste and cultivated ground.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Less common than many of the other Crane's-bills and mainly found in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 56 of the 617 tetrads.

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