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Bloody Cranesbill

Geranium sanguineum

Plant Data

Order:
Geraniales
Family:
Geraniales (Cranesbill)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
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.
Fruit:
A drooping seed capsule borne from a nodding flower bud, sometimes turning red in autumn.
Leaves:
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.
Maximum Size:
40cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
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.
Other Names:
Blood-red Cranesbill.
Habitats:
Gardens, grassland, meadows, rocks, sand dunes, seaside.