Geranium gardneri

Rough Crane's-bill

Prostrate or scrambling perennial herb with rough, short to long recurved hairs & thick, tapering taproot.

Additional information

  • SynonymSeparated from Geranium solanderi; Geranium sp. 4
  • FamilyGeraniaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizestems to 2 m long
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesCoarsely haired, kidney shaped leaves 1-4 cm long, triangular on upper stems, deeply divided into 3-5 broad, sometimes toothed lobes, again divided 2-3 times; final lobes pointed or rounded ending in a fine point.
  • Flower colourBright pink, becoming white towards centre
  • Flowering timeOctober to April
  • FlowersSingle or paired flowers, to 9 mm wide, on stalks 5-16 mm long, anthers off white with purple lines. Sepals narrow, pointed, hairy with hairy translucent margin. Beaked fruit to 16 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils in high rainfall, open riparian woodland. Semi shade. Restricted distribution within the Shire.
  • Garden useA spreading herb for underplanting in moist sheltered positions.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - taproot roasted
Photographer/s: 1-3 Marilyn Bull ©; 4 Neil Blair, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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