Geranium, Robertianum. It is often called Herb Robert. It very much resembles the Cranesbill previously described, except the five leaves at the top of the stalks are much larger, and of a redder colour. The flowers are moder­ately large, and of a bright red, conspicuous and pretty; the fruit that follows is long and slender, resembling the long beak of a bird; hence the name.

It is in great repute among farmers, being a cure for black water, bloody flux, given in decoction, and repeated. The whole plant is to be gathered, even to the root, and dried for use. It is a rare astringent, scarcely any plant can equal it. It may be given dried and powdered, or in decoction. It restrains profuse menstruation, dysentery, and all other bleedings. The decoction gives great relief in stone or gravel. It is a first-rate vulnerary, or wound herb. An ointment made of the green leaves and lard reduces scrofulous and cancerous swellings, and heals sore nipples. Herb Robert, and Tutsan, or St. John's Wort, are two of the best remedies for outward and inward bleedings.

See also: Cranesbill

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