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Crane's Bill Geranium, Redstem Stork's Bill, Storksbill, Redstem Filaree, Heron's Bill - Erodium cicutarium


Family: Geraniaceae - Geranium family Genus Common Name: Storksbill Native Status: IntroducedDicot Annual Biennial Herb
Erodium cicutarium - Crane's Bill Geranium, Redstem Stork's Bill, Storksbill, Redstem Filaree, Heron's Bill. Erodium cicutarium is a plant of Eurasian origin but has now spread throughout the world. According to the USDA Plants Database (map shown to the right) the only state where it is not found is Florida; only recently being officially recognized as present in Mississippi. While more common at lower elevations, it can be found in the montane zone which generally extends up to around 7500'. This plant is classified as a noxious weed in Colorado.

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AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
Erodium cicutarium

Distribution of Erodium cicutarium in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 27 Jul 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Boise Foothills, Ada County, ID Date: 2010-June-14Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D60
Erodium cicutarium has one to several small, pink blossoms held on hairy stems up to a couple of inches high. The stem is usually reddish. The flowers are around a half-inch across and have five petals.
Erodium cicutarium

Site: Boise Foothills, Ada County, ID Date: 2010-June-07Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
The seedpod gives the plant the common names of Crane’s Bill and Stork's Bill.
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Erodium cicutarium

Site: Boise Foothills, Ada County, ID Date: 2010-June-08Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Redstem Storksbill can grown in large colonies, carpeting areas with their pink blossoms.
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Erodium cicutarium

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