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What Cranesbill?

I found this flower growing along an old railway line. It is not the normal deep violet blue Cranesbill – can anyone enlighten me as to its name? The petals were actually slightly pinker than in the photograph, and the seed heads were not very pronounced. Could it be Hedge Cranesbill or Bloody Cranesbill? I can’t remember ever coming across this particular flower before, and there was just one small clump of them, no others, in a wooded area, where many wild orchids also flourish.

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July 15, 2017 - Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , ,

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  1. http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/species/meadow-cranes-bill Dark enough to be meadow, it flourishes on verges and old rail lines are perfect for it.

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    Comment by hillsofnottingham | July 15, 2017 | Reply

  2. Really nice of you to take the trouble to leave a comment – yes, in the pictures it looks like meadow cranesbill, but it was smaller and pinker, this doesn’t come across in the photograph. I looked up in a flower book and found a photograph which seemed exactly right – I think it is wood cranesbill. I hope that it will seed a bit this year and that there will be more plants next year in the same spot, as it was a bit on its own….

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    Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | July 16, 2017 | Reply

  3. As an addendum, apparently it only grows up north…..

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    Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | July 16, 2017 | Reply

  4. How lovely. I was going to look in my copy of Keble Martin, but discovered that I have lent it to someone. So relied on t’internet.

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    Comment by hillsofnottingham | July 16, 2017 | Reply


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