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Monday Melange: Wild Geranium Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Monday, 18 July 2016
Wild geranium

The wild geranium (Geranium maculatum ) is an herbaceous perennial native to the eastern half of the US, its range extending from northern New England south to Georgia and across to Louisiana, Missouri, and the Dakotas. A member of the geranium family (Geraniaceae) family, wild geraniums should not be confused with the houseplants we call geraniums (Pelargonium spp.), that are native to South Africa. Wild geraniums are hardy between USDA zones 3 and 8.

Wild geranium grows to a height of 12 to 24 inches. The showy 1 to 1 1/2 -inch pale-pink to lavender flowers bloom from April to June and attract butterflies. No serious pest or disease problems associated with wild geranium, which in the wild it grows in deciduous woodland habitats in rich loamy soil. It will tolerate full sunlight, but also grows in partial sun. As far as woodland plants go, it is fairly easy to grow.

Use wild geraniums in naturalized woodland plantings, rock and alpine gardens, or anywhere that soils are rich in organic matter. A white flower version of wild geranium is sold in nurseries Geranium maculatum f. albiflorum as is one with a flower that is more blue in color Geranium maculatum ’Elizabeth Ann’.

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