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wild geranium

By CarolG  
The wild geranium is also known as cranesbill and crowfoot. They produce pale pink to lavender flowers from April to June. After flowering. “beaked” seedpods appear, said to resemble a crane’s bill, hence the nickname. The seed-pods explode in the height of summer, scattering their seeds far and wide.

Infusions may be made of any part of the plant for the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, irritable bowel, cholera, kidney problems, internal bleeding and many other issues that call for the use of an astringent. It is also antiseptic and may be applied externally for issues involving pus, discharge and inflammations. The powdered dried root can be used as a styptic. Although the entire plant is effective, the rhizome contains the highest concentration of tannin and healing properties.

Tags: Nature Macro General Flower Close-up Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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15 Mar 2014 5:34AM
I'll be sure to try it the next time I get Internal Bellding.

Great pictures, Carol.
Slight preference for V1

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KarenFB Plus
9 4.6k 167 England
15 Mar 2014 5:55AM
A gorgous little flower - you've caught it brilliantly. The colours and details are wonderful. My preference would be v2, the colours and details seem a little sharper and I prefer the composition. Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 7:24AM
Two lovely images of a plant very much like the Meadow Cranesbill we have in the UK.

While the medical info is very informative people in the UK should be aware that it is illegal to pick or uproot wild flowers in the UK.
15 Mar 2014 7:25AM
We have these here but, of course, I didn't know what they were. I am learning not only photography but botany on this site. I have to admit that I much prefer wild flowers to the cultivated ones and I am especially fond of the tiny weeds that grow everywhere.
Your images are great and the detail amazing.
Maureen
Lillian Plus
6 21 16 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 7:47AM
So exquisite both of them Carol
Lillian
Ted447 Plus
3 151 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 7:48AM
Two very fine images. Ted. GrinGrin
15 Mar 2014 7:51AM
Beautiful images Carol, excellent detail, V1 my favourite,
Fred.
15 Mar 2014 7:56AM
An interesting write up to accompany two well detailed images, Carol.
Richard
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
15 Mar 2014 7:58AM
I prefer the contrast and deeper colour of v2, Carol. One sprang up in our garden a couple of years ago courtesy of the bird droppings!! Now we get over-run by them Smile (the plant not the bird droppings!Tongue)

Dave
Caziwinkles 3 3 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 8:02AM
Love these flowers - I had one in my garden but it took over 'everywhere'!! Smile
Great shots with the water droplets. Smile

Carol
SUE118 Plus
7 8 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 8:11AM
A small flowers with many uses.Smile
viscostatic 9 33 5 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 8:28AM
Beautiful tones and colours on those petals Carol.

Phil.
Mollycat Plus
2 11 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 8:59AM
Two beautiful pictures of this colourful bloom Carol.
Peter.
A flawless, attractive floral image, Carol. Very nice flower in flower in larger version. - Raja.
15 Mar 2014 9:48AM
Stunning and a wonderful presentation !
Just back from London and did get into Kew, it is only the temperate building that is closed for restoration just now! Next time I pack a suitcase it will be for Crete ! Wink
CaroleS Plus
5 366 3 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 10:17AM
Lovely vibrant colour and the droplets add that little extra!
Carole
15 Mar 2014 11:08AM
Sounds a good plant to have for all your ailments! Wink Two super captures here, Carol Smile
Trev Smile
TonyDy Plus
7 4 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 11:49AM
Two beautiful shots, Carol.
Tony
15 Mar 2014 11:56AM
Two lovely images. A beautiful flower and it grows wild.
hasslebladuk 6 1 6 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 11:56AM
Great shot carol the detail is amazing
mike
Irishkate Plus
5 33 92 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 12:07PM
Superb image Carol of this very useful little gem.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Joline Plus
9 27 52 United States
15 Mar 2014 12:31PM
I can hardly wait.....so beautiful. I have several varieties that I look forward to each year. I hope they will come up sometime!
basith 3 7 Sri Lanka
15 Mar 2014 2:17PM
I feel that this is different from your usual images Carol.
Well captured.

Basith
Nikonuser1 Plus
3 17 10 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 2:40PM
2 super captures Carol, V2 for me, love the colourSmile


Cliff
15 Mar 2014 3:42PM
Lovely images Carol, the water droplets enhance it greatly.

Myra
Wonderful captures of this beautiful geranium, Carol ! Hard to choose which one is better!
George
15 Mar 2014 5:41PM
Simply superb
evelen 11 5 England
15 Mar 2014 5:52PM
two wonderful images Carol lovely flower.
eve.Smile
15 Mar 2014 6:41PM
Two lovely images
16 Mar 2014 1:33AM
Very pleasing set. Lovely
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2014 11:39AM
Both outstanding and pristine shots Carol...
But the more I look and even changed my glasses, I can't see any bugs! Tongue Grin
IB
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
16 Mar 2014 6:35PM
Two beautiful images of this lovely wild flower, the raindrops greatly enhance their beauty.
JuBarney Plus
4 10 3 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2014 9:25PM
Two beautiful and delicate shots
Ju

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