Botanical Name: Geranium lucidum
Species: G. lucidum
Synonyms: Geranium laevigatum
Common Names: Shining geranium, Shiny geranium,
Habitat: Geranium lucidum is native to Britain, Europe and N. Africa to the Himalayas. It grows on the shady rocks, walls and hedgebanks, on calcareous soils.
Geranium lucidum is an annual plant with stems up to 35 cm (14 in) long, brittle, fleshy, hairless and often red. Leaves round or kidney-shaped and glossy, palmately-lobed or divided bluntly to about two-thirds of their depth, sometimes with short hairs on the upper surface. Flowers with parts in fives, with sharply keeled sepals and bright pink, rounded petals, some 10 mm (0.4 in) in diameter, the 8 to 10 mm (0.3 to 0.4 in) petals having long bases and flat blades. These are born in pairs from May to August. The fruits are beaked capsules, ridged and slightly hairy, at least on the edges, and splitting open into five parts. The seeds are smooth. The whole plant has a tendency to turn red.
Succeeds in any moderately fertile retentive soil in a sunny position. Most members of this genus tolerate a wide range of soil types, though this species is said to require a calcareous soil. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits.
Medicinal Uses: The plant is diuretic and astringent.
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