Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park

 
 
 

Herb Robert
Geranium robertianium
of the Geranium family
an annual or biannual
5-15 cm high
blooms May- September
likes woodland, stone walls and rocky dykes
can be seen by the Visitor Centre

   
Because the leaves of this plant turn red in late summer it was thought that this was a sign that it could be used as a treatment for disorders of the blood. The redness of its leaves, lead to its name. Robert is a corruption of "ruber" the Latin for red. In some places the plant has the alternative name, Stinking Bob since its leaves have an unpleasant odour.