Common Storksbill

Common Storksbill.

Common name

Common Storksbill

Scientific Name

Erodium cicutarium 

Type of plant


About this weed

The Common Storksbill is part of the Geraniaceae Family and was originally a native of the Mediterranean Region. It may have been introduced with seed crops. Although this species is a weed there are native species of the Genus Erodium in WA. It is easily identified by the 3-4.5 cm beak on ripe fruit.


Common Storksbill is a low decumbent, ascending or erect annual or biennial growing to 0.2 m high. It has pinnately lobed leaves cut to the midvein and bears pink and white flowers during late autumn to spring. The ripe fruit has a long beak.

Impact on Bushland

Not available.


The plant is more a weed of crops and pastures, however it is now quite widely spread along roadsides and in bushland and waste lands across the Eremaean and South-West Province.

Priority for removal


Management (hand)

Not available.

Management (herbicide)

Not available.

Flowering month/s

May, June, August, September, October

Flower colour/s

Pink, White

Information source

Additional information

Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. and Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia, Second Edition, The Weeds Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park, Western Australia.

Common Storksbill images


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