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Geranium retrorsum

Grassland Cranesbill

Prostrate or scrambling perennial herb with short hairs pressed against the stem & thick, turnip-shaped taproot.

Additional information

  • FamilyGeraniaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeprostrate - 30 cm x 0.6-1 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesRound to kidney shaped leaves 1-4.5 cm long, deeply divided into 3-7 very narrow lobes which may be 3-lobed; final lobes pointed or rounded. Sparsely hairy on upper surface.
  • Flower colourPink
  • Flowering timeJuly to January
  • FlowersSingle or paired flowers, to 20 mm wide, on stalks 8-25 mm long, anthers yellow. Sepals oval with small point, downy with translucent margin. Beaked fruit to 15 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsSummer dry, winter moist soils which are never inundated for long, in lowland grasslands and grassy woodland. Semi shade to partial shade.
  • Garden usePlant under established trees in a shady position.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusScattered distribution within the Shire.
Photographer/s: 1 Marilyn Bull ©; 2, 3 Russell Best, NatureShare ©

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