Geranium molle

Geranium molle (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Geraniales
Familia: Geraniaceae
Genus: Geranium
Species: Geranium molle

Vernacular Names

Deutsch: Weicher Storchschnabel, Zottiger Storchschnabel
English: Cranesbill Geranium, Dovefoot Geranium, Dovesfoot Cranesbill
Español: Alfilerillo, Geranio de los caminos, Geranio silvestre, Pico de ciguena comun
Français : Geranium a feuilles molles, Geranium mou
Italiano: Geranio molle, Geranio volgare
Nederlands: Zachte Ooievaarsbek
日本語: ヤワゲフウロ
Polski: Bodziszek kosmaty
Português: Bico-de-pomba-menor
Slovenščina: mehka krvomočnica
Svenska: Mjuk-Näva


Geranium molle or Dovesfoot Cranesbill, known as Dovefoot Geranium or Awnless Geranium in North America, is an annual plant found in hedges, banks and waste ground. It is native to west and central Europe, but it has also been introduced to other areas of the globe, including North America. It is a noxious weed in the Pacific Northwest and quickly forms a groundcover on open areas, among grasses, and in planting beds. Glyphosate is an effective control measure.

Medicinal properties

It is found by experience to be singularly good for wind cholic, as also to expel the stone and gravel in the kidneys. The decoction thereof in wine, is an excellent good cure for those that have inward wounds, hurts, or bruises, both to stay the bleeding, to dissolve and expel the congealed blood, and to heal the parts, as also to cleanse and heal outward sores, ulcers and fistulas; and for green wounds, many do only bruise the herb, and apply it to the places, and it heals them quickly. The same decoction in wine fomented to any place pained with the gout, or to joint-aches, or pains of the sinews, gives much ease. The powder or decoction of the herb sinews, gives much ease. The powder or decoction of the herb taken for some time together, is found by experience to be singularly good for ruptures and burstings in people, either young or old.

Culpeper, Nicholas, The English physitian: or an astrologo-physical discourse of the vulgar herbs of this nation. London : Peter Cole, 1652

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