By now you’ve probably purchased greenhouse Geraniums for your gardens, planters, and hanging baskets. That’s cool. So did I.
But I’m also growing Wild Geraniums in our wildflower garden; planted in 1999. Except for the Ostrich Fern and Sensitive Fern trying to dominate the space, the Wild Gs are thriving, with no toil or trouble for me.
This is a very common wildflower, and I’m sure you’ve seen it growing abundantly if you live within its range. I’ll assume you like it, and to increase your appreciation, here’s a brief Botanical background:
Perennial, 2-3 flowers per cluster, 1-1 1/2″ wide, 5 sepals (above: see their outline under those backlit petals)
Colors: rose, purple-rose, lavender, bluish.
10 stamens (male)- in two circles, (outer stamens mature first), one pistil (female).
“Nectar Guides”– the lines on the petals that direct insects to the petal bases– show darker purple and translucent:
After insect pollination, the petals drop off:
Leaves: 4-5″, palmately divided into deeply toothed lobes, long-stalked:
Height: 1 – 2′
Flowering: April – June
Fruit: Elongated, beaked capsule, splitting into five, upward-curving strips still united at the top.
Habitat: Rich, moist woods, thickets, meadows and along roadsides. Prefers edges with light shade.
Other: The common name “Crane’s Bill”, as well as the genus name, from the Greek geranos
(“a crane”), refer to the beak-like capsule. These long, beak-like pistils eventually develop seeds and spring them loose, like a catapult.
Watch out! Another little bee just “zoomed” in here:
This last shot is a “poster” for all the artists out there:
Thank you for viewing. Please come again. Bring your friends.