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Redstem filaree

(Erodium cicutarium)

Redstem filaree is a winter annual or biennial forb with a spreading or erect profile and native to the Mediterranean or Asia. Part of the Geranium family, Redstem filaree grows generally from a rosette stage and can grow from 3 inches to 2 feet tall. The stems are hairy and red. The leaves are opposite and finely divided with toothed or lobed margins. They are pubescent, grow on short stems, and have a reddish tint. The root system is a shallow taproot with fibrous secondary roots. The five-petaled flowers are a purplish-pink color in clusters of 2 or more. Each flower will produce five long, lobed fruits. Each fruit will have an awn-like tail that dries and splits with maturity. Redstem filaree primarily reproduces by seed and generally germinates in early spring.

Redstem filaree fact sheet