A shortly rhizomatous perennial herb occurring as a garden escape or throw-out in wood-borders, hedgerows, churchyards and in rough grassland on railway banks and roadsides, usually close to habitation. Lowland.
This species was introduced to cultivation in Britain in 1633 and was first recorded in the wild in 1801. Unlike several other cultivated Geranium taxa, there is little indication that it is increasing.
Native of the mountains of S. Europe from the Pyrenees to the Balkans.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.