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cranesbill

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb that is astringent and haemostatic, which has been used internally to treat diarrhoea and menstrual bleeding, and topically to reduce swelling.

cranes·bill

, American cranesbill (krānz'bil, ă-mer'i-kăn)
(Geranium maculatum) The dried roots and leaves of this plant are used in decoctions and tinctures as a purported specific against cancer, cholera, plague, and numerous other disorders and diseases. Hepatotoxicity has been confirmed in studies.
Synonym(s): alumroot.
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The wood cranesbill Geranium sylvaticum is another good choice for a shaded spot.
Easy geraniums to start you off are the pink spreader Geranium endressii Wargrave Pink (pictured), Geranium wallichianum Buxton's Variety, which has white-edged, china-blue flowers and beautifully mottled leaves, Geranium sanguineum, the bloody cranesbill, which actually has magenta flowers, and the striking blue, 60cm tall, Johnson's Blue.
Geraniums, the hardy cranesbills not the showy bedding pelargoniums, are useful plants for any garden.
HARDY geraniums, or cranesbills, are a fantastic perennial for the cottage garden.
Geraniums belong to the same family and include hardy garden plants such as cranesbills and other herbaceous forms.
If there is one genus that provides the answer to these and countless other conundrums, it must be the cranesbill family.