Low Growing & Spreading Plant
They are a low growing spreading plant, with beautiful pinky mauve flowers from May to September on long hairy stems and have kidney shaped leaves. They are part of the Family of Geraniaceae.
Annual - Regarded as a Perennial
Though it's an annual, some regard it as a perennial as it self-seeds in place so reliably. This plant loves really dry soil, which is why you can see it on grassland, dunes and waste ground. The plant can reach up to 12 inches in height although usually is lower to the ground. The Dovesfoot Crane's bill is a branched plant, with several ascending stems
The flowers have obdurate petals, that is to say that each petal looks like it is two, so it would appear to have ten petals, in reality its just five (as you can see clearly in the opposite picture. The flowers are 8-12mm in diameter with the jagged petals
There are ten fertile stamens, with the inner filaments connected into a tube about 1 mm long at their base all having anther.
This lovely wildflower seen not as much in Scotland and in the rest of the British Isles has hairless,ridged fruit and smooth seeds
The leaves are kidney shaped with the lower ones forming a basal rosette, the upper leaves being alternate and have 5 - 7 lobes. In autumn the leaves turn quite red
Medicinal Uses of the Doves Foot Cranesbill
This plant has been used for the treatment of colic, gout, aching joints and muscle pains. It was also used to assist the healing of bruises, cuts and open wounds
|Inches and cm sizes are approximate|