Erodium moschatum
greenstem filaree

Distribution: Occurring in a few scattered locations in Washington; Washington south to California and Arizona, also in northeastern North America.

Habitat: Occasional escape from cultivation.

Flowers: April-September

Origin: Introduced

Growth Duration: Annual, Biennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Annual, occasionally biennial; stems 1-6 dm, decumbent or ascending, covered with short hairs.


Leaves pinnately compound, basal leaves 5-15 cm long, oblong to obovate in outline, sparsely hairy with short appressed hairs on veins, petiole shorter than blade; leaflets 11-15, lobed or slightly divided.


Inflorescence umbellate, 3-8 flowered; flowers radial; sepals roughly 2/3 of petal length, glabrous tips; petals 10-15 mm, light pink to light purplish pink; stamens 5.


Mericarps, 4-6 mm, glandular, covered with rounded pits, subtended by up to 2 glandular ridges, on twisted stylar column segments 2-4 cm.

Accepted Name:
Erodium moschatum (L.) L\'Hér.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Erodium moschatum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Erodium moschatum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Erodium moschatum photos.

USDA Plants: Erodium moschatum information.

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