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Not ot be confused with musk mallow. index.asp?pageid=732899

This pretty flower is native to Europe and Asia. It is common in central England, not here, so if you see one locally, it may well have been introduced. It flowers between June and August.

Most of us think of geraniums as soft fleshy plants with clusters of bright flowers. And many of us have planted these in our gardens or pots. Geraniums though are a very wide plant family. Crane's bill geraniums are comparatively slender. And even amongst crane's bill geraniums there is great variety. Of all these, look out for this, the meadow crane's bill geranium as it grows wild. 

Bees love it. 

The large, purple flowers of Meadow crane's-bill turn into pointed, bill-like seed pods that give the plant its common name. This clump-forming perennial has lobed leaves that are deeply divided.

NATURE SPOT : https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/meadow-cranes-bill

WIKIPEDIA : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geranium_pratense

WILDLIFE TRUSTS : https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/wildflowers/meadow-cranes-bill

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