Geranium maculatum

Wild Geranium

  • Early source of nectar for native insects
  • Provides cover for wildlife
  • Showy flowers attract butterflies
  • Seeds attract Mourning Doves, Bobwhite Quail
  • Thrives in moist, shady areas
  • Perfect for mass plantings
There are always plants you see on a walk in the woods that make an impression and you ask yourself, "I wonder what this plant is?" Wild Geranium is one of those plant. An early to mid-spring hike in our northeastern woodlands will emblazen this plant in your mind with its deep green, deeply cut foliage forming a rounded mound with 1 to 1.5" diameter, pink to lavender, single, five-petalled flowers floating above. This very attractive bloom is not fletting like many spring woodland flowers... you'll be able to enjoy it on subsequent spring walks for 6 to 7 weeks, making it all the better to think about how it might look in your landscape in a partially sunny spot. The answer: it will look great, especially if you plant it groups. It will look even better when you catch a glimpse of all the spring butterflies that will visit to steal some of this plant's sweet nectar!

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