Erodium cicutarium bipinnatum
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Erodium cicutarium bipinnatum is a Annual/Biennial
It has edible and miscellaneous uses.
W. Europe to N. Africa.
|Pollinators||Bees, Beetles, Lepidoptera, Self
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. Plants are likely to resist maritime exposure. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a sunny well-drained position and a limy soil or at least one that is not acid[
Root - tuberous[
The following report is for E. cicutarium, but is also likely to be true for this sub-species.
Young leaves - raw or cooked as a potherb[
]. Tasty and nutritious[
]. The leaves are added to salads, sandwiches, soups etc[
], they can be used in recipes that call for leaves of beet, plantain, sow thistle or amaranth[
The following reports are for E. cicutarium, but are also likely to be true for this sub-species.
A green dye is obtained from the whole plant. It does not require a mordant[
The remnants of the styles are very hygroscopic, they can be used in hygrometers and as weather indicators[
Seed - sow in situ as soon as the seed is ripe in the late summer. The seed can also be sown in situ in late spring[
]. Germination usually takes place within 3 weeks[