PENCILLED CRANE'S-BILL

Geranium versicolor

Crane's-bill (Geranium) Family [Geraniaceae]  

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status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8bicolour
flower
flower8white
inner
inner8pink
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round

16th June 2006, Beacon Alley, Godshill, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The flower stands upright reaching about 60cm.


16th June 2006, Beacon Alley, Godshill, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


16th June 2006, Beacon Alley, Godshill, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The 5 anthers are azure coloured and T-bar in shape. The single style is greenish to white, above the anthers and with an elongated-club shaped reddish-pink stigma. The 5 sepal teeth have 3 darker-green veins, taper to a point and splay out from the lower part of the flower. The leaves are 5-lobed and are dissected to between 2/3rds or 4/5ths of the way to the base.


16th June 2006, Beacon Alley, Godshill, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The flowers are about 30mm across (±3mm) and have a notch at the apex. The bottom of the notch is curved and not pointed. The veins on the petals are magenta coloured.


Hybridizes with : French Crane's-bill to produce Druce's Crane's-bill, which has larger flowers, which are coloured pale to deep-pink with either dark veins or not. This is also a garden escapee and is found scattered over the British Isles in grassy places or on waste ground but is rarer than one of its parents (French Crane's-bill).

Some similarities to : French Crane's-bill but that has deep-bright-pink flowers. Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

No relation to : Fringed Water-Lily [a plant with similar name]

Pencilled Crane's-bill is a garden plant which has become naturalised more often in the South West of the UK, rarer in the North.


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Distribution
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Geranium
(Crane's-bills)

PENCILLED CRANE'S-BILL

Geranium versicolor

Crane's-bill (Geranium) Family [Geraniaceae]  

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