Geranium maculatum - WILD GERANIUM

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Very pretty mounding ground cover perennial with bigger lilac-pink flowers. It forms nice clumps, in good conditions also spreads by rhizomes and creates nice colonies. Flowers are quite big and showy (1-1.5“), and leaves are highly ornamental. Excellent perennial for woodland gardens, shaded flowers beds and borders, cottage gardens, medicinal plant collections, low maintenance plantings , naturalizing and mass ground cover plantings. Native Americans treated diarrhea, sore throat, and mouth ulcers with tea made from the whole plant. The roots were brewed in hot water to help with inflamed gums and toothache. Dried powdered roots help to stop bleeding.

 It is nice with Bergenia, Brunnera, Helleborus, blue-gray Hosta, Omphalodes, Pulmonaria too. Good combos with native perennial companions and their cultivars include Actaea (or Cimicifuga), Agastache foeniculum, Asarum, Asclepias exaltata, Aster ( A. ciliolatus, A. cordifolius, A. divaricatus, A. novae-agliae, A. macrophyllus), Eupatorium coelestinum, Hepatica, Heuchera, Iris cristata, Mertensia virginica, Penstemon calycosus, Podophyllum peltatum, Polemonium reptans, Phlox paniculata, woodland phloxes (P. bifida, P. divaricata, P. stolonifera), Rudbeckia fulgida, Sanquinaria canadensis, Sedum ternatum, Senecio aureus, Silene virginica, Solidago caesia, Solidago flexicaulis, Stylophorum diphyllum, Trillium etc.

Native ferns or grasses like Carex, Chasmantium latifolium, Deschampsia caespitosa

Blooming time: May–June/July

Size: 1.5-2’ high x 1-1.5’ wide.

USDA zones : 3 to 8

Culture: half shade, shade, grows well in average soil with medium moisture. Some drainage is useful, but it will tolerate loam, rocky, sandy or acidic soils and drought conditions. With permanent moisture will tolerate more sun.

Moisture Needs : medium, medium-dry

Origin: Native to eastern North America from Quebec to Manitoba and south to the Florida panhandle and Louisiana. Usually in deciduous woodlands, alluvial forests, thickets, roadsides, savannas, meadows, rocky glades, sometimes in wet prairies.

Deer/rabbit resistant : yes/yes, but regionally was monitored occasional deer browsing

Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : yes, bumblebees, several native bees, butterflies, pollinating flies and and skippers. This wildflower hosts caterpillars of several moth species.  

Attracts Hummingbirds : no, but some birds feed on seeds (as well as eastern chipmunks)

Pot Size: 3.5" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)