Geranium maculatum

Geranium maculatum

Growzone: 3-8

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils, but tolerates poor soils. Will naturalize in optimum growing conditions. 
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Geranium maculatum is a clump-forming, North American native, woodland perennial which typically occurs in woods, thickets and shaded roadside areas throughout the State. Geranium maculatum forms a mound of foliage that grows to 24" tall and 18" wide. Features 1 1/4" diameter, pink to lilac, saucer-shaped, upward facing, 5-petaled flowers in spring for a period of 6-7 weeks. Deeply cut, palmately 5-lobed, dark green leaves (to 6" across). Flowers give way to distinctive, beaked seed capsules which give rise to the common name of crane's bill. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils, but tolerates poor soils. Will naturalize in optimum growing conditions. Deadheading is tedious and probably unnecessary since plants usually do not repeat bloom. Foliage may yellow in hot summers if soil is allowed to dry out. Foliage may decline after flowering in hot summer climates, at which point it may be lightly sheared back and shaped to revitalize. Geranium maculatum is a beautiful, easily grown perennial wildflower for use in the naturalistic woodland garden. The 1¼” wide pink flowers are delicately colored and veined. They rise on a sturdy stem above attractively textured palmate leaves. This reliable, clump-forming perennial grows from 12-24” tall and 18” wide. It is easily established in moist, well-drained soils and spreads moderately by seed. To perform best wild geranium prefers partial shade to shade. In the shady border or woodland garden, it naturalizes well with Rhododendron Best in part shade areas of borders and woodland gardens. Mass for ground cover. Genus name comes from the Greek word geranos meaning crane in reference to the fruit which purportedly resembles the head and beak of a crane. Specific epithet means spotted.

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