Taxon: Geranium robertianum L.

Genus: Geranium
Subgenus: Robertium
Section: Ruberta
Family: Geraniaceae
Nomen number: 444
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:681. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 17-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • herb-Robert  (Source: Pl Book) - English
  • mountain geranium  (Source: Websters Dict) - English
  • bico-de-cegonha  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • bico-de-grou-robertino  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • erva-de-São-Roberto  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • erva-roberta  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • stinknäva  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2; Wealth India RM 4:126. 1956; F Pak)

Distributional Range:



  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal Madeira Islands; Spain Canary Islands
    • Northern Africa: Algeria ; Libya ; Morocco ; Tunisia
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Armenia ; Azerbaijan ; Georgia ; Russian Federation Dagestan; Russian Federation-Ciscaucasia Ciscaucasia
    • China: China Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan, Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Japan Honshu, Shikoku; Taiwan
    • Middle Asia: Kazakhstan ; Kyrgyzstan ; Tajikistan ; Turkmenistan ; Uzbekistan
    • Siberia: Russian Federation Altay
    • Western Asia: Cyprus ; Iran ; Israel ; Jordan ; Lebanon ; Turkey
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Nepal ; Pakistan
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Belarus ; Estonia ; Latvia ; Lithuania ; Russian Federation-European part European part; Ukraine
    • Middle Europe: Austria ; Belgium ; Czech Republic ; Germany ; Hungary ; Netherlands ; Poland ; Slovakia ; Switzerland
    • Northern Europe: Denmark ; Finland ; Ireland ; Norway ; Sweden ; United Kingdom
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania ; Bulgaria ; Croatia ; Greece ; Italy ; Romania ; Serbia ; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: France ; Portugal ; Spain

  • Naturalized



  • Webster's third new international dictionary. (Websters Dict)
  • Aedo, C. 2000. The genus Geranium L. (Geraniaceae) in North America. I. Annual species Anales Jard. Bot. Madrid 58:76.
  • Aedo, C. et al. 1998. World checklist of Geranium (Geraniaceae) Anales Jard. Bot. Madrid 56:246.
  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Chowdhery, H. J. & B. M. Wadhwa Flora of Himachal Pradesh. (F Himachal)
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India 1956. The wealth of India: a dictionary of Indian raw materials and industrial products. Raw materials. (Wealth India RM) 4:126.
  • Davis, P. H., ed. Flora of Turkey and the east Aegean islands. (F Turk)
  • Duke, J. A. et al. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs. 2002 (CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Euro+Med Editorial Committee Euro+Med Plantbase: the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity (on-line resource). (EuroMed Plantbase)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  • Gleason, H. A. & A. Cronquist Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada, ed. 2. 1991 (Glea Cron ed2)
  • Greuter, W. et al., eds. Med-Checklist. (L Medit)
  • Greuter, W. et al., eds. International code of botanical nomenclature (Saint Louis Code). 2000 (ICBN St Louis) Art. 23.2, Ex. 1.
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Hickman, J. C., ed. The Jepson manual: higher plants of California. 1993 (F CalifJep)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Iwatsuki, K. et al. Flora of Japan. (F Japan)
  • Izquierdo Z., I. et al., eds. Lista de especies silvestres de Canarias: hongos, plantas y animales terrestres. 2004 (L Canarias)
  • Kartesz, J. T. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. (L US Can ed2)
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  • Mouterde, P. Nouvelle flore du Liban et de la Syrie. (F Liban)
  • Nasir, E. & S. I. Ali, eds. Flora of [West] Pakistan. (F Pak)
  • Personal Care Products Council International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI)
  • Press, J. R. & M. J. Short, eds. Flora of Madeira. (F Madeira)
  • Rechinger, K. H., ed. Flora iranica. (F Iran)
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  • Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. Flora europaea. (F Eur)
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). (F ChinaEng)
  • Yeo, P. Hardy geraniums, ed. 2. 2002 (Hardy Geraniums)
  • Zohary, M. & N. Feinbrun-Dothan Flora palaestina. (F Palest)

Check other web resources for Geranium robertianum L. :

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image