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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.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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If you are looking for ground cover or edging, Geranium sanguineum - the bloody cranesbill - fits the bill.
Double delight: a young double peony, above, struts its stuff in the June sunshine; while a study in blue, a double geranium, the cranesbills from our long lost meadows, are free flowering now, with the added bonus that they are hardy and tolerant of most conditions.
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.
It is always fascinating to watch a flotilla of tiny bumblebees visiting Geranium phaeum, the mourning widow cranesbill. No doubt they visit other flowers but at the moment they seem to obsess about this one.
The effect is created by the flowers of Geranium pratense, the meadow cranesbill. They cast this beautiful haze of blue and, should you get the opportunity to stop one day and meet them face to face, you will encounter one of the most gracious and endearing of all our wild flowers.