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Doves-foot Cranesbill

Generally a low growing plant with pale pink flowers found in grassy places, often on lime



Dovesfoot Cranesbill: dovesfoot underfoot

Post date: Tuesday, 4 October, 2016 - 21:10

Dovesfoot cranesbill (Geranium molle) is quite a common plant but is probably often overlooked because it is a low, sprawling plant that grows in short turf and is rather trodden under foot. It has attractive pale pink flowers which are less than quarter of an inch or so across. Each of the five petals is deeply lobed which can make it appear that it has ten petals. It is a member of the geranium family so the flowers produce long, pointed seed heads once the flowers are over. The leaves are round but have deep cuts in them that make them lobed. The leaves are pale green and smooth, molle means smooth.

Most often found on lime soils, but not exclusively, it favours grassy places where the grass is not too long or dense and quite often will colonise bare patches within the grass sward. It can be a common weed of garden lawns.

Being a small plant there seems to be only a small amount of information about it available apart from a description of it. That said Culpepper apparently considered it a useful remedy for just about every ailment that one could contract! Also, by being small, there is not much to eat either.



The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Fact File Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Cranesbill Family Geraniaceae