Geranium purpureum Geraniaceae Little Robin

Geranium purpureum 17kb

Description - This is a relatively small, low-growing plant, which can be confused with Herb Robert, although it is smaller in all parts, notably the flower. This is well over 1cm in diameter in Herb Robert, and always under 1cm in Little Robin. The anthers and pollen of Little Robin are lemon yellow, whereas in Herb Robert they are dark orange. The leaves are shiny green and dissected, and turn bright red with age.

Habitat - Frequently found at the base of banks, roadsides, waste-land and in gardens.

Comments - This plant is quite common in Guernsey, being recorded here first for the British Isles in 1839, but only occurs in the extreme south- west of Britain.

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