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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Geranium solanderi var. solanderi
Common Name:austral crane's bill , australian cranesbill , cut-leaf cranesbill , hairy geranium , native carrot , native geranium , southern cranesbill
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Plant
Type(s):
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Woody tap root rich in starch can be cooked and eaten.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Growing
Conditions:
Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
Size
(HxW):
50 cm x 1.5 m, stems to 50 cm long.
Foliage:Kidney-shaped to round leaves to 6 cm long, deeply divided into 5-7 lobes, forked 2-3 times or more; tips rounded; stem leaves narrow-lobed. Hairs on upper surface few to none, scattered, curved; few long, spreading hairs below.
Flowers:Single or paired white to bright pink flowers to 12 mm wide, petals slightly notched, on primary stalks 7-25 mm long, anthers lemon to pink with dark purple lines. Sepals egg-shaped to oblong with tiny tip and scattered long spreading hairs. Beaked fruit 15 mm. October-February
General
Comments:
Hairy creeping perenial. A bright hardy rockery plant where there is some moisture.


Further
Information:
  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  5. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  6. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)


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