Alderney Geranium

Geranium herreraeAlderney Geranium

Geranium herrerae (formerly Geranium submolle)

Alderney Geranium or Cranesbill is one of the island’s two endemic species (the other being the Alderney Sea Lavender).  Believed to have originated in South America, it was first recorded in Guernsey in 1926 and in Alderney in 1938, with very occasional records in Jersey. It does not occur on the British mainland or Ireland.  It is similar to Dove’s-foot Cranesbill, but the leaves are more deeply cut and the flowers a brighter pink with unnotched petals. You may find it along the grassy cut from Barrackmaster’s Lane towards the golf course, and occasionally elsewhere.

Status in Alderney: Scarce
Status Worldwide (IUCN Red List): Unclassified