(Plate CXV.)

Family

Geranium.

Colour

Purplish pink or lavender.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

General.

Time Of Bloom

April-July.

Flowers: growing in pairs, or more numerously on long peduncles. Calyx: of five pointed sepals. Corolla: of five rounded petals. Stamens: ten, five of which are longer than the others with glands at their bases. Pistil: one; styles, five. Fruit; maturing into as many capsules. Leaves: palmately three, five, or seven divided; each division notched into lobes at the end; the older leaves blotched, or spotted with white. Stem: branching; hairy.

When so strong and vigourous a plant as the wild cranesbill clothes itself in delicate purple or lavender, we naturally think it has a taste for the artistic. The detail of its gown has also been most carefully planned, as is shown by its beautiful venation. Undoubtedly it is doing its best to keep up with its favoured relatives of the gardens. Its common name, cranesbill, and Greek name, geranium, are from the resemblance of the partly-matured seed vessels to the long beak of a crane. When ripe they burst open elastically and scatter the seeds. The plant spreads itself bountifully over the fields and roadsides as well as rests quietly in the open woods.