Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium carolinianum)

Geranium carolinianum is known by the common names Carolina Geranium and Carolina Cranesbill. The plant usually grows about 12-inches high. The leaves are characteristic; about 1-1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. The flowers are about 1/4 inches in diameter and occur in cymes.

The plant, showing the relative size of flowers to leaves. The flowers are not striking at a distance.

Young flowers that haven’t produced pollen. The petals appear to have translucent veins.

Pollen is appearing

A mature flower.

Fruit are green at first…

... then turn black; other areas are tinged red; finally...

... the seed pod is completely black

Geranium carolinianum
.is native to the United States. It grows throughout the United States and Canada.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Geranium carolinianum (Carolina Geranium)

- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Geranium carolinianum

Identification resources:

- Southeastern Flora: Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium carolinianum)

- Native and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Geranium carolinianum

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- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower

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