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Geranium maculatum

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.

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:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#fall color#pollinators#songbirds#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#showy#nectar plant#woodland garden#fall interest#rabbit resistant#dry soil#specialized bees#low flammability#fire resistant
Cultivars:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#fall color#pollinators#songbirds#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#showy#nectar plant#woodland garden#fall interest#rabbit resistant#dry soil#specialized bees#low flammability#fire resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Geranium
    Species:
    manculatum
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    fire in the landscape.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil
    Rabbits