wildflowers of Wakefield: Common storksbill

I was driving into Wakefield on Friday evening and, as the traffic slowed, I was scanning the patches of Danish scurvy grass in the middle of the road when I spotted some conspicuous patches of pink flowers. I returned the next morning to have a closer look before the traffic got too busy and I found that the flowers belong to common storksbill (Erodium cicutarium).

Common storksbill is an invasive species normally favouring sandy soils but can grow in a variety of soils. According to Wkipedia, the whole plant is apparently edible and has a similar taste to parsley However, another plant site says ‘may be toxic’!

common storksbill (Erodium cicutarium)

common storksbill (Erodium cicutarium)

common storksbill (Erodium cicutarium)

common storksbill (Erodium cicutarium)

 

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