Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Geranium sylvaticum L. - Wood Crane's-bill
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Geranium sylvaticum
© Alan Hill
Geranium sylvaticum
© Alan Hill
Geranium sylvaticum
© Paul Hackney
Geranium sylvaticum
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(Map updated: March 2008)
 

Like Geranium pratense this wild geranium has a very restricted range as a native in Ireland, being confined to scrubby places about Glenarm. A characteristic habitat is the hazel scrub which clings to the basalt cliffs of the Antrim coastal escarpment. These native sites show up on the map as a cluster of four dots in the Glenarm area. The other dots are either records of the plant as a garden escape or errors for meadow cranesbill (G. pratense).

The plant is much commoner in Scotland and Northern England than in Ireland for reasons that are a mystery.

All names: Geranium sylvaticum L.; Geranium angulatum Curt.