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Common Name: Musk Storksbill
Erodium moschatum is a Annual/Biennial up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Mediterranean areas and southwestern Europe, including Britain.
Waste places and rocky ground, mainly near the sea in Britain, mainly near the southern coast[
Prefers a sunny well-drained position and a limy soil or at least one that is not acid[
The bruised leaves emit a strong scent of musk[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. Added to salads or used as a potherb[
The plant is febrifuge[
]. A tincture of the plant is used in the treatment of dysentery[
A green dye can be obtained from the whole plant. It does not require a mordant[
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[
]. It usually germinates readily[