A perennial, found occasionally by the roadside and usually not too far from gardens, this is such a pretty flower. Firstly there are the slightly funnel-shaped flowers (18-25 mm) which have five pink petals, each covered with a wonderful tracery of purple lines. These lead towards the lighter-coloured centre of the flower where the anthers are tipped purple. Each petal has a shallow cleft at its outward edge. Then there are the leaves which are five-lobed, palmate and deeply veined. A slightly hairy plant, it is quite erect, reaching to 60 cm on some hedges. Not a native but a garden escape, it blooms from May to September and belongs to the family Geraniaceae.
I first recorded and photographed this plant growing in Ambrosetown, Co Wexford in 2010 and am grateful to Paul Green, BSBI Vice-county Recorder for Wexford and Waterford, for his help in identifying it.
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