Herb Robert - Geranium Robertianum
Cranesbill, Felonwort, Bloodwort, Fox Geranium, Red Robin
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) is an enigmatic herb with a miraculous action in tumor diseases, managing to halt or even cure some cancers.
helpful in the treatment of certain forms of cancer and also in boosting the immune system.
This delightful herb has many names: Herb Robertianum, St. Robert, Storkbill, Cranesbill, Red Robin, Fox geranium, St. Robert's Wort, Bloodwort, Felonwort, Dragon's blood.
It is an irrepressible, joyous addition to any garden and will add beauty, health, healing wherever it grows.
An annual, growing up to 30-40cm (14") with stems which branch in many directions and often turn red. Green leaves, 6cm (2½") long, form opposite, at knotted joints in the stem; leaves are palmate in shape, deeply cut, and often tinged with colours of pink, red or bronze. Stems and leaves are covered with very fine hairs.
Very dainty, bright-pink, 'joy giving' flowers, 15mm (5/8") across, have five, rounded petals. Each petal has 3 paler streaks, starting at the centre and phasing out along the petal. Flowers develop, in groups of 2 or 4, at leaf axils.
Following the flowers, the base of the blossom quickly fills out and develops into the oval seed receptacle, 17mm (¾") long, and when mature, looks like a bird's beak, thus the common names: "storkbill" and "cranesbill".
As the seeds dry off, nature has a way of dispersing: by opening the 'beak and ejecting with a sudden spring action, flinging the 5 small, oval seeds in five directions, ensuring that there will be future generations of the plant for mankind's use.
This extraordinarily effective dispersal technique is invaluable for anyone wanting to introduce this life-saving plant into their garden. Instead of buying one plant and transplanting it into a garden bed, we simply sit a potted mature plant shere we want some to grow, leave it for a couple of weeks then move it somewhere else. Next spring there will be a group of Herb Robert plants growing wherever the pot spent some time.
This is an effortless way of growing a plentiful supply of Geranium Robertianum for daily use in salads, teas and garden munching!
This plant is an exceptional asset in any garden as it is a friend of the plant kingdom - the universal companion plant
 . Wherever it grows neighbouring plants are noticably healthier and more vigorous.
If you haven't a garden we sell Herb Robert Tea and Tincture in our webshop.