PLANT PROFILE

Erodium circutarium
stork's bill



Erodium circutarium
erodium circutarium
Erodium circutarium
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht; Britton & Brown line drawing
Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomˆ©¬ŻFlora von Deutschland, ˆństerreich und der Schweiz¬Ż1885, Gera, Germany
Botanical name: Erodium circutarium (L.) L'Her. ex Aiton.
Common name: stork's bill
Group: dicot
Family: Geraniaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: annual; biennial
Origin: introduced
Plant height: 3"-12"
Foliage: leaves lie on ground, pinnately compound, rather lacy and fern-like in appearance
Flower: 2-8, long stalked, umbels, purplish to pink or white, 3/8"-1/2"
Fruit: long seed-pod, shaped like the bill of a stork, bursts open (dehisces) in a spiral when ripe
Flowering time: bloom mid April to June; fruit May to September
Habitat: roadsides, sandy ground, weedy areas
Range in New Jersey: throughout coastal plain; old records from north Jersey coast
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution:
Misc. Plant food for the larva of the Brown Angus butterfly.