Cut-leaved Cranesbill - Geranium dissectum
Family - Geraniaceae
Irish - Crobh giobach
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Native sprawling hairy annual growing to 50cm (19.5in), widespread and common, it is native to Europe but it can be found on other continents as an introduced species. It is a widespread weed in North America, where it is known as the Cut-leaf Geranium. Cut-leaved Cranesbill can act as a biennial or winter annual. Found on roadsides, disturbed ground, hedge banks, waste ground and cultivated soils. Leaves of Cut-leaved Cranesbill are deeply dissected into narrow lobes five to seven in number. Five light pink overlapping slightly notched flowers 8-10mm (0.25-0.5in) across with purple veining and blue anthers appear May to September ripening to a long pointed seedpod that breaks off when ripe ejecting the seed in the process. Studies suggest that Cut-leaved Crane's-bill is increasing coverage being found on heavy clay type soils through light sandy, calcareous and loamy soils.
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