Geranium columbinum
long-stalk crane's-bill

Distribution: Chiefly west of the Cascades and along the Columbia River in Washington; occasional introduction in central and eastern United States.

Habitat: Waste places and disturbed ground.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Strongly appressed-pubescent annual, the stems 1.5-6 dm. long, erect to decumbent.


Leaves long-petiolate, the blades 2-7 cm. broad, 5- to 9-parted palmately, the primary divisions deeply cleft into linear segments.


Flowers few on long pedicels and long, slender peduncles; sepals 5, 5-11 mm. long with a bristle-tip about 2 mm. long; petals 5, 7-11 mm. long, purple, rounded or slightly notched, barely exceeding the sepals; fertile stamens 10, the filaments free; stylar column 1.5 cm. long with a slender beak 3-5 mm. long, stigmas 2 mm.


Mericarps 5, 2.2-2.8 mm, smooth, sparsely bristly; seeds finely pitted.

Accepted Name:
Geranium columbinum L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 682. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Geranium columbinum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Geranium columbinum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Geranium columbinum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Geranium columbinum photos.

USDA Plants: Geranium columbinum information.

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