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
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. This is probably why wild geraniums are also sometimes called cranesbill.