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Geranium dissectum - L.

Common Name Cut-Leafed Cranesbill, Cutleaf geranium
Family Geraniaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cultivated and waste ground, grassland, hedgebanks etc to 375m[17].
Range Most of Europe, including Britain, south to N. Africa and east to Iran.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Geranium dissectum Cut-Leafed Cranesbill, Cutleaf geranium


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Geranium dissectum is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow; Hedgerow;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked. A famine food, used when all else fails[177].

Medicinal Uses



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Antiseptic;  Astringent;  Styptic;  Tonic.

The whole plant, but especially the roots, is rich in tannin[4]. It is antiseptic, highly astringent, styptic and tonic[4]. An infusion of the whole plant, or of the roots alone, is used in the treatment of diarrhoea (especially for children and the elderly), dysentery, cholera, gastro-enteritis, internal bleeding, excessive menstruation etc[4]. Externally, it is used in the treatment of purulent wounds, haemorrhoids, thrush, vaginal discharges, inflammations of the mouth etc[238]. It is best to harvest the roots as the plant comes into flower since they are then at their most active medicinally[4]. The leaves should be harvested before the plant sets seed[4]. Both are dried for later use[238].

Other Uses

Dye;  Tannin.

A brown dye is obtained from the dry flowers[168]. The leaves and roots are rich in tannin[4].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any moderately fertile retentive soil in a sunny position[200]. Tolerates a range of soil types[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

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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