Geranium maculatum Red Mill County Park

Family:     Geraniaceae (Geranium family)

Duration:  Perennial

Height:     30-75 cm (1-2.5 ft)

Blooming: Apr.-July


Wild Geranium

Geranium maculatum  L.

Flowers: 1 to 5 pink to lavender 5-petaled flowers to 3 cm (1.25 in) across. These flowers form in spring atop each stem.

Leaves: at the base of the plant, the leaves are opposite and deeply-veined. They are up to 13 cm (5 in) long with 5-7 lobes radiating from a single point. The loves are narrow at the base. Leave along the stem are oppositely arranged and smaller than those at the base. They have 3-5 deep primary lobes.

Fruits: narrow fruit to 3.8 cm (1.5 in) long that becomes dark brown and unfurls from the base to the tip.

Sun: Full sun or shade

Ideal Conditions: Thrives in moist to dry soils in shade or partial shade

INPAWS Native Communities: Woodland (shade)

Geranium maculatum Indiana Dunes
 Geranium maculatum pilla

Comments: Wild geranium has a much larger flower than the other geranium's locally present with the latter all being well under an inch.  

Etymology: Wild geranium is also called spotted geranium.  The epithet, maculata, comes from the Latin word for "stained, defiles, or spotted".  

photo by Nathanael Pilla

photo by Nathanael Pilla

photo by Nathanael Pilla

Geranium maculatum Scott Namestnik

photo by Scott Namestnik

Species Present and Native