Stork's-bill

Erodium cicutarium

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About

Common Stork's-bill is hairy plant of dry grasslands, bare and sandy areas, inland and around the coast. Its bright pink flowers appear in May and last through the summer until August. The resulting seed pods are shaped like a crane's bill and explode when ripe, sending the seeds - which have feathery 'parachutes' - flying.

How to identify

Common Stork's-bill has finely divided, hairy leaves and displays clusters of pink flowers with five petals. It has long, bill-like seed pods.

Where to find it

Occurs in various places across the UK, but most common in southern England.

Habitats

When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts look after many coastal habitats for the benefit of all kinds of plants and wildflowers, and are working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices in these areas. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Stork's-bill
Latin name
Erodium cicutarium
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 25cm
Conservation status
Common.