Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Geranium robertianum L. - Herb-robert
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Geranium robertianum
© Fiona McCrory
Geranium robertianum
© Fiona McCrory
Geranium robertianum
© Roy Anderson
Geranium robertianum
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Herb Robert is one of the commonest of our native annual wild plants in a wide variety of habitats, but especially in shaded hedge banks, woodland, on walls, seaside shingle banks and on rock faces.

It is easily recognised by its small pinkish-purple flowers and the characteristic fern-like leaves. The stems are usually dark red, with swollen nodes, normally lying horizontally on the ground, but sometimes clambering up through other plants.

The closely-related G. purpureum (Little Robin) does not occur in Northern Ireland.

All names: Geranium robertianum L.