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May Wildflower Spotlight:
Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium
Geranium maculatum

Wild Geraniums are the same genus as the annual geraniums grown in pots. However, the wild version is perennial and much hardier. They grow from tough underground rhizomes and can withstand harsh conditions. Native Americans ground dried rhizomes into a powder to stop bleeding and to make medicine for sore throats. A common name for this flower is “cranesbill”. The seed pods left after the petals fall off look like a crane’s bill. The seeds pop from the seed capsule and can fly several yards. The flower has lines on the petals called nectar guides pointing to the center. This supposedly helps pollinating insects find their way. This plant prefers light shade to partial sunlight, moist to slightly dry conditions and rich loamy soil with abundant organic matter. It is one of the easier woodland species to grow.

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