Dovefoot Geranium or Dovefoot Cranesbill, Geranium molle
Geraniaceae or Geranium Family


Low sprawling plant. Leaves opposite each other, almost round, divided into multiple lobes, with the gaps between lobes penetrating no more than halfway into the leaf. Flowers small, under 1/2 inch, but deeply purplish pink, with ten blue stamens. There are 5 petals, but they are so deeply notched, it often looks like there are 10. Blooms in summer.

A native of Mediterranean Europe,has spread as a weed to other parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. A serious invasive in the Pacific Northwest. In Virginia, a pretty weed of open areas. Occasional in Wildwood, especially in the Great South Meadow.

There are a number of geraniums in the Park, but the nearly round leaves and tiny, pink flowers of dovefoot geranium are distinctive. All other geraniums in the Park are larger and have obviously 5-petaled flowers and more deeply cut leaves.

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