*Erodium cicutarium

Family Geraniaceae

Common Storksbill, Common Crowsfoot

Herb to 40 cm high with hairy stems and leaves. Longevity less than one year.

Flowers: Pink, August - January.

Fruit: Capsule to 5 cm long, separating into 5 one-seeded sharply-pointed units with long awn.

Seed: Animal dispersed by adhesion.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native to Mediterranean region
  • Weed of pastures, grasslands and along roadsides
  • Minor weed along roadsides at the Australian Botanic Garden

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Erodium cicutarium plant

Erodium cicutarium flower 

Erodium cicutarium fruit