Erodium cicutarium (L.) L'Her. - Heron's Bill, Stork's Bill

Erodium cicutarium plant

Family - Geraniaceae

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Erodium cicutarium stem

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Erodium cicutarium leaves

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Erodium cicutarium calyx

Erodium cicutarium flower

Erodium cicutarium fruitsFruits.

Flowering - March - November.

Habitat - Grassy open places, waste ground, roadsides.

Origin - Native to the Europe.

Other info. - This attractive species can be found scattered throughout Missouri. The plant can be identified by its hairy stems, finely divided leaves, pink flowers, and long fruits. The fruits stand erect at the apex of bent pedicels.
The plant is grown for winter forage in the southwestern U.S. and is commonly called "Alfileria."
Traditionally a leaf tea from the plant was used to induce sweating and as a diuretic. The leaves were soaked in bath water to help treat rhuematism. The ground seeds are a source of vitamin K.

Photographs taken off University Ave., Auburn, AL., 4-16-05.


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