Herb latin name: Erodium cicutarium bipinnatum

Synonyms: Erodium bipinnatum

Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)

Edible parts of Erodium cicutarium bipinnatum:

Root - tuberous. The following report is for E. cicutarium, but is also likely to be true for this sub-species. Young leaves - raw or cooked as a potherb. Tasty and nutritious. The leaves are added to salads, sandwiches, soups etc, they can be used in recipes that call for leaves of beet, plantain, sow thistle or amaranth.

Description of the plant:


June to

Habitat of the herb:

Maritime sands.

Other uses of Erodium cicutarium bipinnatum:

The following reports are for E. cicutarium, but are also likely to be true for this sub-species. A green dye is obtained from the whole plant. It does not require a mordant. The remnants of the styles are very hygroscopic, they can be used in hygrometers and as weather indicators.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow in situ as soon as the seed is ripe in the late summer. The seed can also be sown in situ in late spring. Germination usually takes place within 3 weeks.

Cultivation of Erodium cicutarium bipinnatum:

Maritime sands.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Erodium cicutarium bipinnatum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.