The Geranium Maculatum, commonly known as a wild Geranium, loves a moist humus-type soil. It is a herbaceous woodland perennial with foliage that grows in small mounds. The colorful five-petal flowers are showy butterfly magnets that bloom for about 6-7 weeks, starting in April. The leaves, which start out a lovely chocolate-brown, turn reddish-brown in the fall. Once the flowers stop blooming, distinctive beak-shaped capsules emerge. Geranium Maculatum is probably why wild geraniums are also sometimes called cranesbill. Originating in Missouri, the Geranium Maculatum, a lovely plant that is known for its delicate lilac flowers. Geranium Maculatum is easily cultivable if it is given average to the medium soil along with the full sun and part shade. The ground needs to be well drained. However, the Geranium Maculatum prefers moist grounds with plenty of humus but will also tolerate poor soils. The plant grows best in optimum conditions.
The Geranium Maculatum is most commonly found in woods, thickets and roadside areas which are shaded throughout the state of Missouri. The plant blooms into delicate looking, saucer-shaped flowers that are pink to lilac in color. The flowers on Geranium Maculatum appear very attractive, and therefore the Geranium Maculatum is commonly used as a garden plant even in regions where it does not grow naturally. Interestingly, the plant is also used in herbal medicine. This is because it is considered to be a natural astringent, which is a chemical that helps in the process of healing as it causes contraction of tissues and helps stop bleeding. Geranium Maculatum is a beautiful addition to any home.
Scientific Name: Geranium Maculatum
USDA Climate Zone - 3-8
Foliage Height: 1.5 to 2 feet
Foliage Width: 1 to 1.5 feet
Growth/Year: 1.5 - 2 feet
Soil Type: Drought Tolerant, but prefers a moist humus soil
Sun: Full Sun to part shade