Small-flowered Crane's-bill - Geranium pusillum


    Short semi-prostrate plant. The hairs on the leaf stalks are all short: the leaves are opposite and are deeply and quite narrowly cut - the individual lobes of the leaves often have three smaller lobes . Flowers pale lilac (more pink in some other Crane's-bills) 4 to 6 mm half of the stamens without anthers. Fruits are hairy. 

    Similar Species

    Geranium molle, Geranium pyrenaicum

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Small flowers with petals <5mm; mericarps hairy and smooth; pedicels with hair all short

    Recording advice

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


    Short grassland, verges and waste places.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Most common in England south of the Humber, but not in the south-west. Less frequent elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional (possibly overlooked) in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 54 of the 617 tetrads.

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