Wild Geranium

Geranium maculatum

Wild Geranium is a useful native plant for shade gardens, woodland gardens and wildlife gardens. Once the flowers die back, the foliage sticks around to make a nice ground-cover.

Habitat: Deciduous woods and edges.

Blooms: Pink-purple flowers in early spring.

Height: 14-18 in

Light: Part shade to shade

Moisture: Medium.

Soil: Rich soil. Adaptable.

Companions: Plant with other woodland plants such as Trilliums, Solomons Seal, Wild Columbine or sedges.

Propagation: Sow seeds in fall. Divide rhizomes in spring/fall.

Wildlife Value: Early food source for native bees. Look closely and you may notice native solitary bees sleeping in the flowers. The seeds are eaten by birds and small mammals.