Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium)

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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.

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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