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Friday, April 23, 2010

What is that purple flowering weed?

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This one is the commonly called "Stork's Bill" or "Filaree". The scientific name is 'erodium cicutarium'. It has a small purple flower that turns into a two to three inch spike (thus stork's bill). It is a low growing annual that flowers from about February through May. It is supposed to be great forage for cattle, sheep and other wildlife. The baby tortoises seem to really love it!


  1. Does this weed turn into a punctureburr?

  2. Hi Sadie; We haven't had many comments and I missed this one way back then. Storksbill and puncture vine are different plants, fortunately. Puncture vine has small yellow flowers and spreads way out from the root. Storksbill has pink flowers and rarely exceeds 8 inches in diameter and, no sharp spines on the seeds. Storksbill is actually a geranium. Cheerios; Ed

  3. Does round up kill Storks Bill weeds?

  4. I'm not sure about Roundup. Give the Cooperative Extension a call at 775-784-4848.