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Erodium moschatum - (L.)L'Hér.

Common Name Musk Storksbill
Family Geraniaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Waste places and rocky ground, mainly near the sea in Britain, mainly near the southern coast[245].
Range Mediterranean areas and southwestern Europe, including Britain.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Erodium moschatum Musk Storksbill


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Erodium moschatum is a ANNUAL/BIENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[161, 177]. Added to salads or used as a potherb[183].

Medicinal Uses



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Astringent;  Febrifuge.

The plant is febrifuge[240]. A tincture of the plant is used in the treatment of dysentery[240].

Other Uses

Dye.

A green dye can be obtained from the whole plant. It does not require a mordant[168].

Cultivation details

Prefers a sunny well-drained position and a limy soil or at least one that is not acid[1]. The bruised leaves emit a strong scent of musk[245].

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Propagation

Seed - sow in situ as soon as the seed is ripe in the late summer. The seed can also be sown in situ in late spring[1]. It usually germinates readily[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Author

(L.)L'Hér.

Botanical References

17200

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Readers comment

Mike Johnson (B.Eng & Hort Cert IV)   Sat Jun 2 2007

Burbidge NT & Grey M 1970 "Flora of the ACT" ANU Press, Canberra report E. moschatum as widely naturalised in S and E Australia and Tasmania, as well as the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Local name quoted is "Musky Crowfoot", More generally Erodium spp. are "Storksbills" in Australia. E.m is one of five intoduced and one native Erodium in ACT.

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