Another really common wildflower in the #Highlands.
Wood cranesbill - Crobh-preachain coille - Geranium sylvaticum
Seeing it so frequently probably leads to people ignoring it, which is a shame. It has delicate petals with lovely gradations in colour.
As the botanical name makes clear it is part of the Geranium family. Likes shaded areas in woods. The cranesbill is a useful source of pigment to dye clothing.
When I was a child my parents had a window sill box with cultivated geraniums. Every year the box would produce a great display of flowers. However, the box made a habit of jumping off the window sill. It always managed to survive.
I once saw a movie where a Native American shouted the name of the Apache leader Geronimo before jumping off a cliff. Due to the closeness in pronunciation, and the "jumping", I used to call the plants Geronimos.
@fitheach this is a great story.
I wish I could remember which movie had the Geronimo scene. I was only around 7 years of age, and the memory has been lost in the mists of time.
I still talk about them being Geronimos, and people look at me as if I'm slightly mad.
@fitheach I love these type of Geraniums. They add a real lift to a shady border
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