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What Do Wild Geraniums Look Like?


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Wild geranium, also known as spotted or wood geranium, is a perennial plant native to eastern North America. The plants inhabit floodplain and upland woodlands, woodland meadows, savannas, glades and semishaded seeps. The plant is popular due to its attractive foliage and flowers.

Identification

  • Wild geraniums grow up to 1 to 2 feet tall, with upright stems that are covered with coarse white hairs. The leaves are palmately lobed, as maple leaves are, with five or seven deeply cut lobes. Each stem has clusters of one to five flowers each.

Flowers

  • Each flower is at least 1 inch across and consists of five rounded petals, five green sepals, 10 stamens with yellow anthers and a pistil with five carpels. The petals are rose-purple, pale or violet-purple with fine lines.

Cranesbill

  • The pistils elongate into a beak-like fruit that measures about one to 1.5 inches. This fruit is why the wild geranium is also known as the spotted cranesbill and wild cranesbill in Europe.

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