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Geranium maculatum (wild geranium, American cranesbill)
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Geranium maculatum

wild geranium, American cranesbill

We are back on track with this great woodland native! Easy to grow in most shady spots, it flowers in spring with pink or lavender blooms. Found in open woods, clearings, woods edges and roadsides throughout the Eastern US. A necessary component for the shade meadow!

SIZE
Geranium maculatum LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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Height

8-12 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

wild geranium, American cranesbill Interesting Notes

Wild geranium is a beautiful, easily grown perennial wildflower for use in the naturalistic woodland garden. The 1¼” wide pink to magenta flowers are delicately colored and veined. They rise on a sturdy stem above attractively textured palmate leaves. This reliable, clump-forming perennial grows from 12-24” tall and 18” wide. It is easily established in moist, well-drained soils and spreads moderately by seed. To perform best wild geranium prefers partial shade to shade. In the shady border or woodland garden, it naturalizes well with Rhododendron calendulaceumPhlox divaricataThalictrum dioicumOsmunda claytoniaDiphylleia cymosaTrillium spp., and Dryopteris intermedia. - Mt. Cuba Center

Geranium is derived from the Greek geranós, meaning crane. The common name, cranesbill, derives from the shape of the fruit capsule that appears in some of the species.

Geranium maculatum Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best in part to full shade and average to moist, well-drained soils.

Good Substitutions

wild geranium, cranesbill Geranium maculatum 'Espresso'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Groundcover
Groundcover

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Average
Dry
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Green Infrastructure
Meadow/Prairie
Woodland
Attributes
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Vegetative