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I photographed this flower in Central Europe. I looked in online databases but can't really identify the actual flower, since there are so many that look quite similar. Can you help me? What's the name of this flower?

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It looks like the common Geranium sylvaticum (also called wood cranesbill or Mayflower), and it is at least a close relative (member of the Geranium genus). This plant is commonly found across Europe and in parts of Asia (see map below), and it is sometimes planted in gardens. It is a perennial herb that grows in many types of habitats (woods, meadows, road sides, mountain areas), and the flowers are most commonly violet to blue, but can also be white. Geranium pratense is very similar, but usually has more narrow leaf lobes and bent flower stalks. However, it might not be possible to separate these two species based on your picture.

There are also similar relatives found in North America (e.g. Geranium maculatum) and Asia (e.g. Geranium himalayense) and many hybrids of plants from within this genus are cultivated.

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(picture from Swedish Wikipedia)

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(distribution map from the Swedish Museum of Natural History: Den virtuella floran)

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  • $\begingroup$ Superb example of a good answer to an ID question! $\endgroup$ – Oreotrephes May 27 '15 at 19:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Oreotrephes Thanks. The same species is just about to start flowering in my garden. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater May 27 '15 at 21:57
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My guess would be the meadow cranesbill (Geranium pratense), see this image (from here, more images are available there):

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The flower is quite common on meadows in europe, see here.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is certainly a possibility, and I have updated my answer to explain why I feel that G. sylvaticum is a better fit. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater May 27 '15 at 10:57
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    $\begingroup$ @fileunderwater I think we can be pretty sure that it is from the genus Geranium :-) $\endgroup$ – Chris May 27 '15 at 11:08

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