Erodium chrysanthum

heronsbill

storksbill

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Native to Greece, this small, evergreen perennial is grown as much for its beautiful foliage as it is for its lovely, lemon-scented, creamy yellow flowers, which are produced for almost nine months of the year. It has ferny, silvery leaves which give it a very soft look. Erodium chrysanthum is a great plant for the front of a border or edging a path. It is also an excellent plant for rock garden or alpine trough, where it remains attractive through winter. Suitable companions include other Mediterranean natives, such as purple sage (Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'), other small ornamental salvias, dwarf hebes and the smaller euphorbias. This species is dioecious, meaning that plants have either male or female flowers. Unless both are planted, the flowers won't develop into the interesting, heronsbill-like fruits.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 5 in. (0.43 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 8

Flower Color: cream

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: purple, variegated, pink

Great Color Partners: dark green, gold, silver

Culture Notes
This small perennial grows best in full sun with very well-drained soil. It is an excellent plant to place under the eaves on the sunny side of a house. In late winter or early spring a gentle grooming will remove any old foliage and give a tidy appearance. It is fully drought tolerant and will survive with no additional watering once established.