Geranium purpureum   Little Robin RR D N

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We were shown this plant in its final flowering stages on a tour of the Island by our excellent guide Rachel. It made a disappointing picture as the hot summer had dried up most plants.

We went to a pub for lunch a day or so later and there it was in full flower growing near some steps in the car park. We returned to the car after lunch to find the plant had been carefully weeded out by the gardener leaving the steps clean and free of vegetation. Yet again a British national rarity which is a pesky weed to the Channel Islanders.

Geranium purpureum (Little Robin) has a few outposts in southern Ireland and the Isle of Man but the majority of the other sites are on the south coast of mainland England but it is common in the Channel Islands.

Queens Pub Car Park, St Martins, Guernsey 22nd June 2004

Amended on Jan 26th 2005 and again on 22nd Apr 2007, updated 25th Jan 2009, updated 2nd April 2010

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