Mountain Rose Herbs

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Cranesbill Root

  • Geranium maculatum
  • Origin: USA
Cranesbill Root


Common Name

Standardized: cranesbill
Other: alumroot, storksbill, wild geranium

Botanical Name

Geranium maculatum L.
Plant Family: Geraniaceae



Cranesbill is a 2 foot high bush with erect, unbranched stems with "toothed" leaves and pinkish-purple flowers that grows in temperate woodlands across North America. Cranesbill is an unusually rich source of tannins.


Tannins, which oxidize to give the tea a red color, also gums, resins, starch, anthocyanidins, and calcium oxalate.

Parts Used

Leaves (of herb Robert) or roots (of Geranium maculatum).

Typical Preparations

Tea, tincture, and poultice.


Cranesbill is used for its tannins, compounds that cause proteins in mucous membranes and other linings of the human body exposed directly to the tea to cross-link to prevent leakage or infection.


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.