Cut-Leaved Cranesbill is a
annual plant of the UK, typically found growing in grassland, hedgerows and waste ground, to a mature height of up to 60cm.
Cut-Leaved Cranesbill is named after the finely divided 'cut' appearance of its leaves and the 'beaked' shape of its fruit capsule. It has been used traditionally as a herbal treatment for diarrhoea and its flowers can be used to create a brown dye. Characteristic features of the plant include: a small flower with funnel-shaped arrangement of deep-pink shallowly-notched petals and blue anthers; deeply cut leaves divided into narrow lobes; and hairy leaf margins.
Botanic classification and naming: Cut-Leaved Cranesbill is a member of the Geranium (Geraniaceae) family. The genus name
'Geranium' identifies the plant as a Cranesbill and its species name 'dissectum' means 'dissected (leaves)'.