Herb Robert Geranium
Geranium robertianum Fr: Herbe-à-Robert
This red-leaved geranium we found growing amidst the stony ground of the Plateau du Caussols. The stems, fruit and the dark calyses are hairy. The Herb Robert plant often has red or bronze flushed stems, with a strong and unpleasant smell.
A variety of English names include Herb-Robert, Red Robin, Death come quickly, Storksbill, Dove's Foot and Crow's Foot.
Tall. Short - Med
Flower. The flowers are a bright purplish-pink, 14-18 mm diameter, with 5 separate petals. The petals can be slightly notched and are sometimes white.
Leaves. The palmate leaves are trimmed in red, deeply lobed, the lower with five pinnately-lobed segments, the upper with only three.
Habitat. Rocks, walls, banks, woodlands, courtyards and shaded areas.
Fruit. Usually hairy, and ridged
Practical. In traditional herbalism, Herb Robert was used as a remedy for toothache, nosebleeds and helping with healing wounds. The unpleasant odor of freshly picked leaves is said to repel mosquitoes.