Redstem filaree

Erodium cicutarium (L.) L’Hér. ex Ait

Life cycle

Prostrate, fernlike winter annual or biennial.


Leaves are hairy and compound with deeply cut leaflets that give a featherlike or fernlike appearance. Leaves initially develop from a dense basal rosette and stem leaves are opposite and sparse. Leaves usually have a grayish tinge.

redstem filaree rosette
Redstem filaree rosette.


Hairy, semi-erect stems arise from a prostrate, basal rosette.

Flowers and fruit

Pink or purple flowers with five petals are found clustered at the ends of long stalks. Fruit are long, beaklike capsules with five sections; each section contains a seed with a spirally twisted, corkscrew tail at maturity.

redstem filaree seed redstem filaree flowers & fruit
One-sided fruit section of redstem filaree (left). Redstem filaree flowers and fruit (right).



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