Geranium maculatum is known by the common names Wild Geranium or Spotted Geranium. At Fort Yargo State Park, I’ve seen this plant at the head of the trail from the campgrounds to the dam (segment 6-7) and in the grassy area below the park office. In Walton County, I’ve seen it in roadside gardens.
This plant was growing in full shade. I almost missed it. I later saw plants growing in partial shade and full sun.
A close up of the flower and developing buds – in the shade.
Another close up of the flower with pollen – in the sun.
Geranium maculatum is native to the eastern United States and Canada. In Canada it grows in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. In the United States it grows in all states including, and east of , a line from North and South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana; it doesn’t grow in Florida.
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Geranium maculatum (Spotted Geranium)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Geranium maculatum
- Southeastern Flora: Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Geranium maculatum
- Missouri Plants: Geranium maculatum
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower