Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #20 Dove’s Foot Cranes-bill

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Known as cranesbills because of their way of dispersing their seeds and therefore the shape of the seed-head, this member of the geranium family gets its other name “dove’s foot” from the shape of its soft leaves. It is generally quite a small and low-growing plant, especially here on the Hills and Hollows where the soil is often shallow and dry (especially this April!) and the leaves radiate out from a central stem.The 5 pink-purple petals are noticeably notched and its pollen is an unusual colour – blue.

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