Sunday, May 14, 2017

Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium)

March 10th.  Last year, I found Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) plants along the same section of trail where I found the Bloodroot plants. I was early for the geraniums, and only found…

one plant in bloom.

Wild Geranium flowers are a delicate pink, and easy to identify from a distance.

Even when they aren’t in bloom, plants are recognized easily by their distinctive leaf shape. Rather than a few clusters of plants as in the case of the Bloodroot plants, a large area was covered by Wild Geranium plants. It must be quite impressive when all the plants in this area are blooming.

I was too early for the main blooming of these plants but, just the presence of one bloom, lifted the ambience of the area with its leafless trees.
- Native and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium) 
- USDA Plant Database: Geranium maculatum (Spotted Geranium)

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