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- Wild Geranium - Geranium maculatum Hardy Planting Zones - 3-8 Sun or Shade - Full Sun to Part Shade Mature Height - 18-24" Mature Width - 12-18" Bloom Season - Late Spring to Early Summer Gardener Status - Beginner
Geranium maculatum are a species of perennial wild geranium plants native to the eastern part of North America, and can be found in the wild from as far south as Alabama to as far north as Manitoba. This particular species of geranium produce beautiful flowers that range in color from various shades of pink to magenta when they bloom in late spring to early summer. In addition to its aesthetic qualities, skilled herbalists consider the geranium maculatum to be a versatile medicinal plant due to its antibacterial properties and its use as a natural laxative. These plants can grow to be 18 inches tall, and just as wide.The wild geranium is a beautiful plant found natively in North America. They are located natively as far south as Georgia and as far north as Southern Ontario. They also stretch as far west as Oklahoma and the Dakotas. Geraniums are commonly found in dense woodland and shady roadside. Geraniums tend to grow in clusters of 2-5 flowers on a mound of green foliage. The leaves take on a serrated shape, which closely resembles a diamond. The flowers are mostly light violet or purple, occasionally white. They have five petals that have dark lines and whitish bases. This is a plant that can adapt to various growing conditions and is perfect for a home landscaping project. Seedlings will germinate after 2 to 3 months. Most seedlings will flower in the second or third year after sowing. Geraniums do best in the moist well-drained soil. The soil should have plenty of organic matter mixed in, similar to a forest floor. Geraniums are highly adaptable, and they readily adjust to poor growing conditions. The flowers will appear between April and June depending on latitude. The geranium plant is also known as spotted cranesbill or wild cranesbill. It has been used medicinally by Native Americans as a way to treat toothaches and stop bleeding. Some people consider this to be a deer resistant plant.