Redstem Storksbill

Scientific Name:

Erodium cicutarium


Herbaceous Plant


Forest, high desert, riparian, etc.


Fields, open areas, and disturbed habitats


No listed status

This species is


to the Truckee Meadows.


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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