Page author: David Giblin
Erodium cicutarium
common stork's bill
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.

Habitat: Dry plains and hillsides, low to moderate elevations.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Annual, the stem 0.3-3 dm. tall, reddish, the nodes swollen.


Leaves mostly basal, pinnate-pinnatifid to pinnately divided and the ultimate divisions very narrow; stipules interpetiolar, acute.


Inflorescence of umbels on long, axillary peduncles; flowers few, 10-15 mm. broad; sepals 5, distinct, bristly, with a needle-like tip; petals 5, pink, the claw with marginal hairs; filaments 10, distinct, alternating long and short, only the longer ones with anthers; styles 5, persistent, 2.5-5 cm. long, spirally twisting at maturity.


Carpels 5, sharp-pointed at the base.

Accepted Name:
Erodium cicutarium (L.) L'Hér. ex Aiton
Publication: Hort. Kew. 2: 414. 1789.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. cicutarium – common stork's bill
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Erodium cicutarium in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Erodium cicutarium checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Erodium cicutarium atlas page.

CalPhotos: Erodium cicutarium photos.

USDA Plants: Erodium cicutarium information.

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