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

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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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Small-flowered Crane's-bill
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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
20/05/2006 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
28/06/2023 (lemmon, roy)

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