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Wild Geranium

Geranium maculatum

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Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) at Gertens

Wild Geranium flowers

Wild Geranium flowers

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Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) at Gertens

Wild Geranium flowers

Wild Geranium flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) at Gertens

Wild Geranium in bloom

Wild Geranium in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  20 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Wild Cranesbill, Spotted Cranesbill

Brand:  Gertens

Description:

Bloom Time: April to May.Bloom Description:Pale pink, deep pink, lilac.Sun: Full sun to part shade.Water:Medium.Maintenance: MediumFlower:Showy.Attracts:Butterflies.Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil

Ornamental Features

Wild Geranium has masses of beautiful pink flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its deeply cut lobed palmate leaves are emerald green in color. The foliage often turns brick red in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Wild Geranium is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Wild Geranium is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Wild Geranium will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

Wild Geranium is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

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