Irish wildflowers


Photographs: Co.Cork


Doves-foot Crane's-bill
Geranium molle
Crobh bog
Family: Geraniaceae

Flowering time: April-September. Annual. Native.

Pink flowers, deeply notched, petals longer than sepals. Occasionally pale pink.
10 stamens (photo below right). Hairless, ridged fruit, smooth seeds.
Leaves grey-green, rounded / kidney-shaped, 5-7 lobes, each 3-lobed at top.
Upper leaves alternate, very deeply divided. Long white hairs on semi-prostrate
stems. Very variable plant. Height: 5-25cm

Dry sandy or calcareous soil. Grassland, dunes, arable, waste ground.

Similar:
Small-flowered Crane's-bill, G. pusillum. Mauve-pink flowers, only 5 stamens.
Round-leaved Crane's-bill, G. rotundifolium. Netted seeds. Petals barely notched.

     


    
Photographs above: April 2007, Barleycove, Co.Cork


     

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