P&PDL Picture of the Week for
April 26, 2004

Cranesbill

Mike Dana, Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist, Purdue University

Question: Ever wonder where a nice, mound-forming garden perennial (Fig. 1) picked up the name cranesbill?

Answer: It the fruit (Fig. 2)! As the seed-bearing fruit (botanically a capsule) matures, it elongates into a form that reminded early botanical observers of the beak of a crane (Fig. 3).

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Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3
Photo courtesy of:
Rick Nuttal

Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab Purdue Cooperative Extension Service