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Weed Identification

redstem stork's bill



Scientific Name

Erodium cicutarium

Other Common Names:

redstem filaree
stork's bill


Plants may act as winter annuals or biennials. Plants grow prostrate to semi-erect and have numerous branches that grow from a basal rosette. Flowers in spring with a showy pinkish or purple display.


Leaves are hairy and strongly dissected into numerous segments and usually have a reddish tint. Leaves are arranged opposite on the upper portion of stems and alternate below.

Identifying Characteristics

Prostrate growth with strongly dissected leaves. Fruit capsule resembles a stork's bill due to a pointed appendage that is up to 5 cm long.

Flower Seed Head

Flowers in spring producing pinkish-purple flowers in clusters of six to nine on long slender stalks. Flowers are mostly five parted and on the whole, about the diameter of a pencil eraser (1 cm diameter).

Seed Fruit

Fruit is a characteristic green stork's bill. Fruit consist of a five-parted capsule with five seed that each have a long awn-like appendage attached together to form a smooth pointed beak on the end of the fruit. Fruit are typically 5 cm long but seed are about 6 mm. When fruit dries, it mechanically disperses seed due to built up tension from the drying process.

Where Found

Found in disturbed sites and seems to prefer well drained or compacted areas. Often found around rock pathways and ornamental beds as well as in disrupted or compacted turfgrass.

Life Cycle

winter annual

Plant Type