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Wild Geranium, Spotted geranium, Cranesbill - Geranium maculatum


Family: Geraniaceae - Geranium family Genus Common Name: Geranium Native Status: NativeDicot Perennial Herb
Geranium maculatum - Wild Geranium, Spotted geranium, Cranesbill. All geraniums have a "multiples of 5" consistency - 5 petals, 5 sepals, 10 stamens, and a 5-part pistil. G. maculatum is widely-distributed in the eastern United States.

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Geranium maculatum

Distribution of Geranium maculatum in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 21 Oct 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-April-04Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/500f/10 ISO200
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv)
Geranium maculatum has 5 pink to purple petals and 10 pink-anthered stamens surrounding a single 5-part pistil. All geraniums have this "multiples of 5" consistency.
Geranium maculatum

Site: Zahnd's Natural Area (Lower), Walker County, GA Date: 2010-April-23Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/160f/5 ISO200
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv) Flash: Yes
Zahnd's Natural Area is a recent discovery for me. Geranium maculatum, Phlox divaricata, and Tiarella cordifolia are the dominant species blooming there right now, although there is a colony of Trillium catesbaei in bloom as well.
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Geranium maculatum

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2010-April-14Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/80f/4 ISO200
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv)
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Geranium maculatum

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2008-April-13Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
1/125f/8 ISO250
130mm (195 equiv) Flash: Yes
This G. maculatum is showing a 5-lobed leaf, but I've read that it may have 7 lobes. (This is a correction to my previous statement that G. maculatum has a 5-lobed leaf.) The plant is typically 12 to 18 inches tall.
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Geranium maculatum

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