Meadow Crane's-bill - Geranium pratense


    Medium to tall, tufted and hairy plant with erect stems and deeply divided leaves. Flowers bright violet blue, 25 to 30 mm petals rounded, fruits hairy.

    Similar Species

    Several other blue-flowered species, hybrids and cultivars are grown in gardens, and may persist if thrown out

    Identification difficulty

    Roadside verges and hedgebanks.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but local in Britain becoming scarcer in northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but localised in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 254 of the 617 tetrads.

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