Erodium crinitum

Family Geraniaceae

Blue Storksbill, Blue Crowsfoot

Decumbent to ascending annual herb to 50 cm high, with hairy stems and lobed leaves.

Flowers: Blue with white or yellow veins.

Fruit: Capsule 4 - 5.6 cm long, separating into 5 units each of one seed, October – December.

Seed: 5 cm long including awn-like attachment that is twisted when dry (similar to long awned grass seeds).

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Open woodland and grassland habitat.
  • Rare in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Seedlings notes in burnt area after rain.
  • Seed eaten by Galah Cacatua roseicapilla.
  • Plants probably killed by fire.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Erodium crinitum plant

Erodium crinitum flower and fruit

Erodium crinitum fruit

Erodium crinitum seed