One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A herbaceous plant which typically has lobed leaves and purple, violet, or pink five-petalled flowers.
Genus Geranium, family Geraniaceae: several species, including the common bluish-purple flowered meadow cranesbill (G. pratense)
- ‘Many beautiful wild flowers, such as wood cranesbill and bistort, are mown down before they can seed.’
- ‘The plants include Arctic varieties, alpines, orchids and rarities such as gentians and bloody cranesbills.’
- ‘There is a frog pond, a fig tree, acanthus, bamboo and cranesbill.’
- ‘Gene suggests noninvasive perennials such as cranesbill, bleeding heart, and daylilies.’
- ‘There are millions upon millions of ruby bloody cranesbills.’
- ‘He's counted 16 species of the ‘prettier’ wildflowers, including cranesbill, figwort and dog rose.’
- ‘Its dense growth is overshadowing native wild flowers such as ragged robin, marsh woundwart and meadow cranesbill.’
- ‘Suitable for the less formal border are foxglove, cranesbill, and viper's bugloss.’
- ‘That food consists of various seeds - including grasses, alfalfa, nettles, thistles, shepherd's purse and cranesbill.’
- ‘If you lack the time or expertise to plant your own cranesbills, lay a bluestone walk, or install terraces.’
Mid 16th century: so named because of the long spur on the fruit, thought to resemble a crane's beak.
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