Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
    Geranium Family
    Deeply palmate leaves on long petioles emerge in early spring, Foliage is a nice medium green, with red tones on the underside, and extra fuzzy. Light pink, 1” flowers float atop short stems. Flowers turn into beak-shaped fruit–this is where the other common name of ‘Cranesbill” comes from. Seeds are flung from the parent plant in hopes of finding a new home close by. Under optimum conditions, moist, rich soil and 3-4 hours of sun, small colonies will form. Plants may go dormant with excess summer heat and drought.
    Blooms: Pink, 3-4 weeks, April-May
    Leaves: Deeply lobed, very fuzzy, up to 5”
    Height: 12-18”
    Space: 12-18”
    Soil: Average-Moist, well drained
    Exposure: Part sun-Part shade-Shade
    Fauna: Bees, flies, beetles, moth host plant
    Seeds: Beak-shaped fruit flings seeds from mother plant

    Deer Resistance:Medium

    Zone: 3-11
    Native: NC native, common in the Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon in the Sandhills
    Provenance: Unknown, seed and asexually grown