- a wild geranium, Geranium robertianum, having fernlike, scented leaves and reddish-purple flowers.
Origin of herb Robert
1250–1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin herba Robertī Robert's herb
Also called red shanks.
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The little geranium known as herb-robert is a neighbor of the corydalis, and, like it, stands the cold remarkably well.A Rambler's lease
- a low-growing N temperate geraniaceous plant, Geranium robertianum, with strongly scented divided leaves and small pink flowers
Word Origin for herb Robert
C13: from Medieval Latin herba Roberti herb of Robert, probably named after St Robert, 11th-century French ecclesiastic
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