Flower of the month MAY

Flower of the month MAY

Flower of the month MAY

 

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Herb-robert   Geranium robertianum

Herb-Robert is a type of crane’s-bill that is found in a variety of habitats including woodland, hedgerows, rocky or exposed areas, scree slopes and coastal areas. Look for it in areas of shade away from acidic soils. The small pink flowers of Herb-Robert mainly appear between May and September and its leaves emit an unpleasant mousy scent
Following the flowers, the base of the blossom quickly fills out and develops into the oval seed receptacle, 17mm long, and when mature, looks like a bird’s beak, which is why the plant has been given the common names: ‘storkbill’ and ‘cranesbill’. As the seeds dry off, nature has a way of dispersing: by opening the ‘beak’ and ejecting with a sudden spring action, flinging the 5 small, oval seeds in five directions, ensuring that there will be future generations of the plant, for mankind’s use. I believe this plant should be in every garden, ready for service

Constituents:

volatile oil, bitters, tannin, geraiine

Vitamins:

A, B, C

Minerals:

calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, germanium

Actions:

astringent, antibiotic, adaptogen, antiviral, styptic, tonic, diuretic, digestive, sedative, antioxidant

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