Erodium cicutarium

Erodium cicutarium_redstem filaree_JM DiTomaso
Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Common names: redstem filaree; redstem stork's bill; filaree

Erodium cicutarium (redstem filaree) is an aggressive annual/biannual (family Geraniaceae) that is very widespread throughout California and is commonly found along roadsides, grasslands, fields, and semi-desert areas. It often carpets large areas, out-competing native grasses and forbs.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited?

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

Other Erodium cicutarium Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Erodium cicutarium_flowers_copyright 2010_NealKramer
    Erodium cicutarium (redstem filaree) flowers. Photo: &#169 2010 Neal Kramer
    Erodium cicutarium_leaves(rosette)_copyright 2010_NealKramer
    Erodium cicutarium (redstem filaree) leaves (rosette). Photo: &#169 2010 Neal Kramer