Round-leaved Crane's-bill - Geranium rotundifolium


The small flowers have five relatively short (around 6 mm in length), un-notched petals, only slightly longer than the five spreading calyx lobes which are pointed at the tip though do not terminate in a bristle, and are crossed by a mid-vein and a pair of side veins. Flowers are attached by stalks of up to 1.5 cm, which have a covering of white hairs, topped by reddish glands. The leaves are rounded in outline; divided about half way (or less) into three, five or seven broad lobes, themselves slightly divided. Attached by long stalks, and covered with downy hairs.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Found in hedgerows, dry roadside-banks and wall-tops, especially close to the sea, but spreading to roadside verges, rubble heaps, railway ballast and waste ground.

When to see it

In flower during June and July.

Life History

Annual. Colonies may be very persistent, even where the species is confined to weedy habitats.

UK Status

Occasional, mainly found in the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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