Rock Crane's-bill - Geranium macrorrhizum


Height about 40cms and with underground rhizomes. It usually has rich pink flowers and aromatic leaves, but there are also many garden varieties of different colours. This is one of many cultivated plants that escapes into the wild and persists, at least for a time. These cultivated plants may have many different varieties or cultivars, and hybridisation is common so our images of garden escapes can only be said to be representative of the species.

Identification difficulty

Usually seen as a garden escape close to habitation.  It will tolerate open sunlight and partial shade.

When to see it

Flowers May to July.

Life History

Herbaceous perennial.

UK Status

Scatterd records from across much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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

UK Map