Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium) Unity Grown
Wide-lobed foliage of Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium), grown in quart-sized pots

Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium) Unity Grown

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Geranium maculatum, commonly called wild geranium or spotted cranesbill, is a low-growing, native perennial wildflower found throughout large swathes of the eastern United States. Growing in part to full-shade to a height of around two feet tall, wild geranium forms wide, rounded masses covered in attractive, palmate foliage and pale pink-purple flowers from the late spring to early summer. Wild geranium flowers are highly attractive to a number of butterflies and other pollinators, and the plant is a host of the White-Marked Tussock moth (Orgyia leucostigma), which is found throughout Maryland.

Geranium maculatum performs best in well-drained, medium to dry soils in full to part shade, but tolerates a wide variety of conditions. The common name of spotted cranesbill originates from the plant's seed pods, which are produced after flowering in mid summer, and somewhat resemble the head of a crane or large bird; seeds produced from these pods are an excellent food source for a number of groundfeeding animals like deer, mourning doves, and bobwhite quail.

This selection of Geranium maculatum is raised from the ground up, here at Unity Church Hill Nursery.

Native to U.S., Native to Maryland, Native to Eastern Shore, and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun) and Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Well-drained
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance, Acidic, and Rich Organic Matter
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: Purple
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Attracts Birds, and Attracts Wildlife
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Dry Shade Tolerant, and Shade Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden, Pollinator Garden, Meadow, and Small Space

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