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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Erodium reichardii 'Charm'
CRANE'S BILL, HERON'S BILL, STORK'S BILL
syn. E. chamaedryoides
Pronounced: e-ROW-dee-um ry-KARD-ee-eye
Sunset zones: 7-9, 14-24 (see note for Sunset zone 5 and 6 below).
USDA zones: 8-9.
Height: 2-3 inches (5-8 cm).
Width: 6 inches (15 cm).
Late spring to summer.
Saucer shaped white flowers.
Heart-shaped, scalloped small leaves.
Very well-drained, gritty soil.
Lime in fall to help neutralize our acid soils.
Divide in spring. | Basal stem cuttings late spring.
Rainy Side Notes
I believe Sunset may have rated this perennial Sunset zone 7 and above because of the winter moisture we have in Sunset zones: 4, 5 and 6. I had problems keeping this plant thriving in my old garden border. Tucked into the crevices of a rock wall in my new garden the erodium is thriving. Being tucked in the wall keeps the winter moisture off its crown. By keeping the crown dry, I believe it will continue to thrive during our wet winters as it has for the last six years in my garden. One of those six winters, we broke rainfall records and Erodium reichardii stood up to the test quite well.
Photographed in author's garden.
Perennials indexed by botanical names. Click on corresponding letter below.