Musk Stork's-bill - Erodium moschatum


Short to medium stickily hairy plant. Smells of musk. Leaves pinnate with oval toothed leaflets. Flowers pinky-purple or violet, large 16 to 24 mm in umbels of 5 to 12.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


Often coastal or on waste ground.

When to see it

Flowers May to July.

Life History

Annual or biennial.

UK Status

Widespread but very local in England and Wales where it is most frequent in coastal regions.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Fosse Park record of April 2015 was the first time this plant had been found in VC55 since the late 1970s. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in only 1 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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