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Common stork's-bill - Erodium

Erodium from Lubera

Erodium (stork’s-bill)  is a lovely, small or medium-high perennial that shows its charming, geranium-like flowers between May and September. It sets beautiful colour accents in rock gardens, borders or near-natural gardens.

Whether as ground cover or as a permanent flowering plant in a perennial bed, you will find the right representative for every garden situation because it is an easy-care plant.


More information about Erodium


A stork’s-bill also cuts a fine figure in a planter on a balcony or terrace, where it secures a place in the front row. Many a person would like to keep the dwarf representatives in view permanently because they appear so filigree and charming. They are therefore virtually predestined for small pots.

Some species of the genus Erodium show beautiful, wintergreen leaf cushions, which can be used in plantings of all kinds. With their flat growth and delicate flowers, the smaller representatives like to present themselves in rock gardens. There they create a harmonious picture with other low growing plants.

The taller stork’s-bill plants blend wonderfully into colourful perennial beds. Small-flowered mountain mint, sage and yarrow are beautiful planting partners. The perennials also look very ornamental on sunny roadsides and in front of dry stone walls.



A stork’s-bill loves sunny places


These lovely plants do not need to hide at all, although they are less well known compared to their relatives, the cranesbill (Geranium). Very often they are appreciated as plants for enthusiasts. The representatives of the genus like sunny places - given their Mediterranean origin this is not surprising. Even on gravelly, dry and hot sites, they know how to hold their own.


The diversity of species and varieties

  • From the dwarf stork’s-bill Erodium x variabile some varieties are available. The small perennials are hybrids, which are probably a cross between Erodium corsicum and Erodium reichardii. Very popular is the variety 'Bishop'. It has bright pink, veined flowers and round, rich green leaves, which it often keeps in the winter. It grows only 10 to 15 centimetres high and becomes quite wide. It develops its beautiful effect best in a group or in small tuffs.
  • Erodium chrysanthum is a cushion-forming species with pale yellow flowers, originally from Greece. The flowers appear in clusters on stems up to 30 cm long. It also scores with its fine, fernlike, silvery-green foliage.
  • Erodium manescavii grows 30 to 40 centimetres high and shows beautiful, purple-red flowers in early and midsummer. The perennial prefers fresh soil, which should not necessarily dry out. In a suitable location, this species likes to sow itself.
  • Another "giant" in the assortment is the stork’s-bill E. x hybridum (a cross between E. manescavii and E. daucoides) with magenta flowers. It forms a broad, hemispherical leaf clump that grows to about 40 centimetres high and is wintergreen. It is also an impressive permanent flowering plant.


Interesting facts


Stork’s-bills are an extensive plant genus with about 75 different, mostly perennial species. In addition, there is a large number of cultivated varieties for the garden. They have their own plant family, the cranesbill family (Geraniaceae). While the related cranesbills can be found all over the world, the stork’s-bills are mainly found in the Mediterranean region. Not all species are hardy in central and northern Europe - garden-suited representatives, however, usually survive the winter without damage.

The genus name Erodion is derived from the Greek word "Erodios", which means "heron". This is due to the fact that the split fruits have the typical stork or heron beak-like form.

The flowers have five petals and shine in different colours - from pink, purple, red to white and yellow - depending on the species and breed. They often appear with prominent markings on the upper two petals. The hybrids for the garden are sterile - they usually do not form seeds and therefore captivate with their long flowering time.


Suitable location and soil


This plant likes sunny, sheltered sites, but tolerates some shade. It feels particularly comfortable in open spaces and along the edges of trees and shrubs. It absolutely needs a moderately nutrient-rich, permeable soil, which can also be stony. It usually survives longer dry periods without problems. If it is too rich in nutrients, it quickly becomes somewhat massive. Especially in the winter, the plants are sensitive to waterlogging. You should therefore generously mix heavy soil with sand or gravel. Ideally, the soil should be calcareous. When cultivating in pots, you should lay a drainage layer of expanded clay or gravel to prevent waterlogging. 




Water regularly after planting so that the plant can establish itself well and develop a strong root system. Afterwards, it proves to be very easy to care for. However, when kept in pots, watering must be done more often. Some cultivars are somewhat sensitive to frost: they enjoy light winter protection from spruce brushwood or fir branches. Plants in pots should spend the cold season indoors.

If withered inflorescences are cut back, this promotes new shoots. In the spring, remove the dead or wilted parts of the plant.




Divide these perennials every two to three years in the spring and remove weak roots and shoots. The plants will thank you with improved growth and flowering.

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