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Wild Geranium

Geranium maculatum

Wild Geranium

General Information

Wild Geranium is an easy-to-grow, mounding, spreading herbaceous perennial.

Wild Geranium is typically found in woods, thickets and shaded roadside areas. Wild Geranium is a woodland plant and rich, moist to slightly-dry conditions. It has a shallow taproot and fibrous roots. Wild Geranium prefers light shade to part sun but tolerates full sun when given sufficient moisture.

Wild Geranium is one of the showiest of the Cranesbills, having pink or light purple flowers. It blooms between April and June.

Wild Geranium was used by Native Americans to treat diarrhea and open sores or wounds. Teas can be made from the plant.

Plant Information

Plant Type:

Herbaceous perennial

Sun Preference:

Full Sun * Part Sun * Shade

Soil Moisture Preference:

Medium * Medium-Dry

Plant Height:

1 foot

Plant Width:

1 foot

Plant Spacing:

1 foot

Flower Color:


Flower timing:

April to June

Culture Information:

Wild Geranium works best in naturalized areas, butterfly gardens, children's gardens, pollinator gardens, cottage gardens, woodlands, meadows and even prairies. It is effective in borders and mass plantings. Wild Geranium tends to do better in part shade where summers are hot.

When first planted, Wild Geranium should be watered weekly for first few months, unless at least an inch of rain has been received in the last week to help it get established. After it becomes established, Wild Geranium typically needs watering only during extended dry weather. In hot summers when the soil dries, foliage may yellow and the plant may go dormant.

If desired, Wild Geranium is rather low maintenance. Deadheading does not extend the bloom period.


Dry Soil

Pests & Disease:

Wild Geranium typically has no serious insect problems. Snails and slugs are sometimes problematic.

Wild Geranium doesn’t usually have serious disease problems. Rust and Leaf Spot will occasionally occur.

Wild Geranium has a low flammability rating.

Wildlife Use:

Pollinators: Wild Geranium’s nectar attracts butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Geranium species support the specialized bee Andrena distans.

Birds: The seeds provide food for songbirds.

Mammals: Wild Geranium tolerates damage by deer and rabbits..

Other: N/A.

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