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Bright red or purple flowers, but occasionally pink or white. The flowers have 5 dark purple-veined petals and are usually overlapping and unnotched, but occasionally they are shallowly notched. Flowers reach a maximum of up to 3cm across. They consist of 5 hairy and sharp-pointed sepals which are much shorter than the petals. Each flower has got 10 mauve-coloured stamens.
A drooping seed capsule borne from a nodding flower bud, sometimes turning red in autumn.
Small, deep and narrowly cut leaves consisting of 5 to 7 lobes. The leaves are hairy but not as hairy as those that appear on the flower buds and stems. The leaves often turn red in autumn.
Considered neither edible or poisonous.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Gardens, grassland, meadows, rocks, sand dunes, seaside.