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Geranium striatum. Striped Geranium.
Monogynia. Stigmata 5. Fructus rostratus 5-coccus.
GERANIUM striatum pedunculis bifloris, foliis quinquelobis: lobis medio dilatatis, petalis bilobis venosoreticulatus. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. p. 616.
GERANIUM striatum pedunculis bifloris, foliis caulinis trilobis, obtuse crenatis. Miller's Dict.
GERANIUM Romanum versicolor sive striatum.
The variable striped Cranesbill. Park. Parad. p. 229.
This species is distinguished by having white petals, finely reticulated with red veins, and the corners of the divisions of the leaves marked with a spot of a purplish brown colour, which Parkinson has long since noticed.
Is said by Linnaeus to be a native of Italy, is a very hardy plant, flowers in May and June, and may be propagated by parting its roots in Autumn, or by seed; prefers a loamy soil and shady situation.