Geranium columbinum

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Geranium columbinum
Geraniaceae - Geranium columbinum-1.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Geraniales
Family: Geraniaceae
Genus: Geranium
G. columbinum
Binomial name
Geranium columbinum
  • Geranium malvaceum Burm.f.,
  • Geranium gracile Schenk,
  • Geranium diffusum Picard
  • Geranium pallidum Salisb.[1]

Geranium columbinum, common name long-stalked crane's-bill[2] or longstalk cranesbill,[3] is a herbaceous annual plant in the Geraniaceae family.


Close-up of a flower of Geranium columbinum

Geranium columbinum reaches on average 15–30 centimetres (5.9–11.8 in) in height, with a maximum of 60 centimetres (24 in).[4] The stem is more or less erect, hairy and quite branched. The leaves are opposite, approximately pentagonal and palmate and the leaf lobes have two to three deep cuts making it similar in shape to a pigeon's foot (hence the Latin epithet columbinus). The flowers are pink to purple, 15–20 millimetres (0.59–0.79 in) in size,[4] with five obovate-heart-shaped petals as long as the sepals. The petals are 7–9 mm long, with distinctive veining. The flowering period extends from March to September.[4] The flowers are hermaphrodite and pollinated by insects (entomogamy).


This plant is present throughout Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa.[1] It has also been introduced into North America.


Geranium columbinum prefers moderately dry, nutrient-rich calcareous soils, in woods, hedgerows and roadsides, at an altitude of 0–1,200 metres (0–3,937 ft) above sea level.[4]



  1. ^ a b Tela Botanica
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ "Geranium columbinum". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Pignatti S. - Flora d'Italia – Edagricole – 1982. Vol. II, pag. 10

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