Redstem Storksbill

Scientific Name:

Erodium cicutarium

Type:

Herbaceous Plant

Habitat:

Forest, high desert, riparian, etc.

Range:

Fields, open areas, and disturbed habitats

Status:

No listed status

This species is

INVASIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

Redstem storksbills are low growing plants that are typically only 2 to 20 inches tall. They have many stems, fern-like leaves, and small, pink flowers. Storksbill steeds have long tails which dry into a coil in sunlight.

Fast Facts:

  • These plants' red stems can be eaten raw in salads, and are a good source of vitamin K.

  • Cattle, sheep, and desert tortoises all feed on red storksbill and rely on its nutrients in the spring. The plant has been grown as hay for ranches.

  • The first redstem storksbill most likely arrived with Spanish settlers. Native to the Mediterranean, it was one of the first plants to invade North America.

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Last Updated:

May 12, 2021, 10:24:02 PM