Erodium can be either hardy or half hardy perennials.
They are low growing ranging from a bout 7 to 45 cm in height; this makes them ideal for use in both rock gardens and for use in borders.
They flower in the early months of summer with pink, yellow or white cup shaped flowers.
Erodium have dissected leaves, this gives them an appearance similar to Geraniums.
Some common names for members of the Erodium genus include Heron's Bill, Alfilaria, Filaree, Storksbill and Pin Clover.
Erodium cicutarium - Common Stork's-bill by anemoneprojectors.
Common Names: Alfilaria, Filaree, Storksbill, Heron’s Bill, Pin Clover.
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial. Half hardy perennial. Annual.
Height: 3 to 36 inches (8 to 90 cm).
Native: Mediterranean, Western Asia.
It is best to grow Heron's bill outside from the off. The seed should be sown in the autumn at a depth of about 3 mm. Erodium species such as Heron's bill like to grow in a sunny or partially shaded part of the garden, and prefer a gritty or sandy soil.
The distance that Erodium plants should be from one another depends on the species; space smaller ones about 15 cm apart and large ones about 35 to 45 cm apart.
If you require more Erodium plants then you can take cuttings in the summer; however Erodium may need controlling as opposed to propagating.
As they do not like overhead water, it is probably best to grow Erodium under a rock overhang in the rock garden.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Erodium plants. Updated September 2020.