Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Shade
Height: 1-3 feet
Bloom Color: Pink – Lavender
Bloom Season: April – June
Suggested Uses: Wild Geranium has beautiful, bold green, deeply cut foliage with delicate pale rosy purple flowers. It is a beautiful plant for home landscaping. It tolerates a variety of soil and sun conditions and is a great addition to restorations too. Grows well in woodland gardens, including under evergreens. Deer resistant.
Native Range: Native to the eastern half of the U.S.
Pollinators: Bees, butterflies and beneficial flies. Favored by the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis). Songbirds eat Geranium seeds.
Flowers: The 1-1/2″ flowers have 5 petals, 5 pointed sepals, 10 stamens and 1 pistil. They bloom in loose clusters of 2-10 flowers.
Leaves: The deeply lobed leaves are 4″-5″ wide.
More Information: After flowering, the plant produces a long narrow seed pod that resembles a crane’s bill. When the seeds are ready, the pod splits open and flings the seeds out into the world.
Name: The name Geranium is derived from the Greek word “geranos” which means crane. It refers to the long skinny seed pod that looks like a crane’s beak.
Other Names: Spotted Geranium
More information: USDA plant profile