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Herb Robert

Geranium robertianum

Also known as

St Robert's Herb, Death-Comes-Quickly, Dragon's Blood, Fox Geranium, Fox Grass, Jenny Wren, Kiss-Me-Quick, Knife And Fork, Little Bachelor's Buttons, Little Red Robin, Nightingales, Pink Bird's Eye, Pink Pinafore, Red Bird's Eye, Red Robin, Redshanks, Stinking Robert, Wren Flower, Robert's Geranium, Herb-Robert, Mountain Geranium

Geranium robertianum1001 by Christer Johansson (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Herb Robert

A pink Geranium robertianum flower and green leaves
A close up of a pink Geranium robertianum flower and green leaves
Some pink Geranium robertianum flowers in the wild
Two pink Geranium robertianum flowers and green leaves

Herb Robert Overview

Geranium robertianum is also known by many common names including Herb Robert and Fox Geranium. It is an annual or biennial species from the Geraniaceae family that typically grows to around 30cm tall with a spreading and branching growth habit. Foliage is finely divided and aromatic. It produces sprays of small, pink flowers measuring around 1cm across from summer through to autumn. May be used as groundcover, this plant is frequently found in shady corners, growing from between rocks or paving. It is hardy and considered a weed in many locations due to its spreading tendency and ability to self-seed.

Common problems with Herb Robert

Generally pest free.

How to propagate Herb Robert


Self-seeds with no human intervention required.


Propagate by basal cuttings.


Propagate by division.

Special features of Herb Robert

Attracts useful insects

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Herb Robert

Wildflower/meadow, waste ground.

Common Weeds

A weed is a plant in the wrong place, these are the most likely to appear where they are not wanted.

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