Herb-Robert

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Herb-Robert

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Herb-Robert

©Zsuzsanna Bird

Herb-Robert

Scientific name: Geranium robertianum
Herb-Robert is a low-growing plant, with small, pretty, pink flowers. Look for it in shady spots in woodland, hedgerows and coastal areas.

Species information

Statistics

Height: up to 30cm

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

May to September

About

Herb-Robert is a type of crane's-bill that is found in a variety of habitats, including woodland, hedgerows, rocky or exposed areas, scree slopes and coastal areas. Look for it in areas of shade away from acidic soils. Its small, pink flowers mainly appear between May and September, and its leaves emit an unpleasant, mousy scent.

How to identify

A low-growing plant, Herb-Robert has five-petalled, pink flowers, and reddish stems. The deeply divided, lobed leaves are also tinged with red.

Distribution

Widespread.

Did you know?

Traditionally, Herb-Robert was used to treat nosebleeds and headaches, as a tonic for tummy upsets, as an antiseptic to help heal wounds, and even as a mosquito repellent.

How people can help

Our gardens are a vital resource for wildlife, providing corridors of green space between open countryside, allowing species to move about. In fact, the UK's gardens provide more space for nature than all the National Nature Reserves put together. So why not try planting native plants and trees to entice birds, mammals and invertebrates into your backyard? To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.