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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

6a-7b

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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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

Seed

Self-seeds with no human intervention required.

Cuttings

Propagate by basal cuttings.

Division

Propagate by division.

Special features of Herb Robert

Attracts useful insects

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Herb Robert

Wildflower/meadow, waste ground.

Plants for Short Grass Areas

height 15cm

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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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