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Geranium maculatum

Phonetic Spelling
jer-AY-nee-um mak-yuh-LAH-tum
Description

Geranium maculatum, commonly called Wild geranium, Cranesbill, Crane's bill geranium or Spotted geranium is a woodland perennial flower in the Geraniaceae family that will naturalize in optimum growing conditions. Flowers give way to distinctive, beaked seed capsules which give rise to the common name of crane's bill. Deadheading is tedious and probably unnecessary since plants usually do not repeat bloom. Dry soil can lead to foliage may yellow in hot summers. Foliage may yellow and die back after flowering anyway in hot summer climates so cut back and shape it to revitalize.  Works well in part shade areas of borders and woodland gardens. Plant a large number to mass for a showy ground cover.

Garden uses include part shade areas of borders and woodland gardens. Mass for ground cover.

Fire Risk: This plant has a low flammability rating.

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont

Seasons of Interest:

   Foliage: Fall    Bloom: Spring, April-May     Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Summer

Wildlife Value: Nectar from flowers attract butterflies and bees.  Songbirds eat the seeds.  Members of the genus Geranium support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Ptilandrena) distans.  Tolerates damage by deer and rabbits.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems but watch for snails and slugs. Rust and leaf spot may occur. 

This plant may be confused with: Geranium sanguineum

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#fall color#songbirds#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#showy#nectar plant#fall interest#rabbit resistant#playground#specialized bees#low flammability#dry soil tolerant#children's garden#fire resistant#woodland#pollinator plant#edible garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#fall color#songbirds#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#showy#nectar plant#fall interest#rabbit resistant#playground#specialized bees#low flammability#dry soil tolerant#children's garden#fire resistant#woodland#pollinator plant#edible garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Geranium
    Species:
    manculatum
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Edible fruit
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    fire in the landscape.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil
    Fire
    Rabbits