Herb Robert

This is one of my favourites and a common plant in Hoo Wood. Geranium robertianum, also known as Herb-Robert, Red Robin, Death come quickly, Storksbill, Dove’s Foot, Crow’s Foot, or Robert Geranium, is a common species of cranesbill native to Europe and parts of Asia, North America, and North Africa.

In traditional herbalism, Herb Robert is used as a remedy for toothache and nosebleeds and as a vulnerary (used for or useful in healing wounds). Freshly picked leaves have an odour resembling burning tires when crushed, and if they are rubbed on the body the smell is said to repel mosquitoes. The active ingredients are tannins, a bitter compound called geraniin, and essential oils. It was carried to attract good luck, and due to its analogical association with storks, to enhance fertility.

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9 Responses to Herb Robert

  1. v4vikey says:


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  2. Inga says:

    Love the color! 😊

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  3. Bill Foxall says:

    A beautifull flower superbly captured.

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  4. Lovely photo. I was introduced to ‘Stinky Bob’ this summer and have enjoyed his beauty.

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