Wild Harris

Common Storksbill

Common Storksbill 1 LCampbell.jpgCommon Storksbill    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

This plant is sometimes hard to identify as it can vary a lot. The flowers can be pink or purple.

When the flowers die down, the seed pod has a long beak – which looks a bit like a stork’s bill. You can see this in the right of this picture.

The seed pod splits when it is ripe, and all the seeds fall to the ground. It has a very clever way of planting the seeds – each one has a coil attached to it. This unwinds when the seed is on the ground, and the seed is screwed into the ground. Not many seeds have their own planting tool attached!

by Alison Tyler