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NC Native Plant Society:
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Geranium maculatum

Wild Geranium, Spotted Crane's-bill

Scientific Name:

Geranium maculatum

Genus:

Geranium

Species Epithet:

maculatum

Common Name:

Wild Geranium, Spotted Crane's-bill

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Cove forests, bottomland forests, other mesic, base-rich forests (Weakley 2015). Common in the NC Mountains and Piedmont, rare on the Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Leaves Sprouting

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Closeup of Bloom

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Buds

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Seeds

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Plants in the mountains tend to have flowers that are a deeper purple-rose color compared to those in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain which tend to be more light pink.

Jackson County, NC

The Scientific Name is Geranium maculatum. You will likely hear them called Wild Geranium, Spotted Crane's-bill. This picture shows the Plants in the mountains tend to have flowers that are a deeper purple-rose color compared to those in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain which tend to be more light pink. of Geranium maculatum

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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