Erodium cicutarium, commonly known as filaree, pinweed, common stork’s-bill, redstem stork’s bill, or redstem filaree, is an annual herb – or biennial in warm climates.


Filaree is a member of the Geraniaceae family. The genus Erodium includes around 60 species[1] native to Australia, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Erodium Cicutarium

It’s a sticky and hairy annual flowering plant. The stems have bright pink flowers that often have dark spots on the underside. The blooms are arranged in a loose raceme and have 5 styles and 10 filaments, 5 of which are fertile.

Filaree Flowers

The leaves are pinnate with hairy stems. The long, cranesbill-shaped pod opens into a spiral when ripe, sending the seeds (with long tails called ridges) into the air.

Pink Filaree Flowers

Redstem Filaree

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Key References
  • [1]“Filaree – Northern Arizona Invasive Plants”. Accessed June 26, 2022. Link.


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