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Common Name: Herb Robert
Geranium robertianum is a Annual/Biennial up to 0.40 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia to N. Africa, east to.Japan and the Himalayas
Moist shady positions in undergrowth[
], rocks and walls, hedge banks, roadsides and waste places[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile retentive soil in a sunny position[
]. Tolerates a wide range of soil types[
], succeeding in dry soils[
]. Grows well on woodland edges[
The whole plant has an unpleasant aroma[
]. The foxy smell is particularly pronounced after rain[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[
Herb Robert is little used in modern herbalism, but is occasionally employed as an astringent to halt bleeding, treat diarrhoea etc in much the same way as G. maculatum[
The leaves are antirheumatic, astringent, mildly diuretic and vulnerary[
]. Modern research has shown that the leaves can lower blood sugar levels and so it can be useful in the treatment of diabetes[
]. An infusion of the leaves is used in the treatment of bleeding, stomach ailments, kidney infections, jaundice etc[
]. Externally, a wash or poultice is applied to swollen and painful breasts[
], rheumatic joints[
], bruises, bleeding etc[
]. It is best to use the entire plant, including the roots[
]. The plant can be harvested at any time from late spring to early autumn and is usually used fresh[
A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant[
]. Details of uses are not given in this report[
Freshly picked leaves are rubbed on the body to repel mosquitoes[
]. They impart their own peculiar odour.
A brown dye is obtained from the whole plant[
Seed - sow spring in situ.