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Common Name: Cut-Leafed Cranesbill
Geranium dissectum is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Most of Europe, including Britain, south to N. Africa and east to Iran.
Cultivated and waste ground, grassland, hedgebanks etc to 375m[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile retentive soil in a sunny position[
]. Tolerates a range of soil types[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[
Root - cooked. A famine food, used when all else fails[
The whole plant, but especially the roots, is rich in tannin[
]. It is antiseptic, highly astringent, styptic and tonic[
]. An infusion of the whole plant, or of the roots alone, is used in the treatment of diarrhoea (especially for children and the elderly), dysentery, cholera, gastro-enteritis, internal bleeding, excessive menstruation etc[
]. Externally, it is used in the treatment of purulent wounds, haemorrhoids, thrush, vaginal discharges, inflammations of the mouth etc[
It is best to harvest the roots as the plant comes into flower since they are then at their most active medicinally[
]. The leaves should be harvested before the plant sets seed[
]. Both are dried for later use[
A brown dye is obtained from the dry flowers[
The leaves and roots are rich in tannin[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.