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Wild Geranium

Geranium maculatum

In his New England Rareties (1762), John Josselyn called the Wild Geranium "Raven's-Claw," and in 1814 Frederick Pursh noted the name "Alum-root, on account of the astringent test of the roots." Its name derives from geranos, the Greek word for crane, alluding to the long beak of the seed. While in France in 1786, Thomas Jefferson requested plants of this species from the nursery of Quaker botanist John Bartram, Jr., to share with his many Paris friends.

Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
Pink, Purple
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Part Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Apr 15 to 2002 May 62003 Apr 30 to 2003 May 132004 Apr 23 to 2004 May 52005 May 2 to 2005 May 192006 Apr 20 to 2006 May 52007 Apr 30 to 2007 May 152008 Apr 10 to 2008 May 152009 Apr 17 to 2009 May 112010 Apr 13 to 2010 May 102011 Apr 26 to 2011 May 112012 Apr 6 to 2012 May 32013 Apr 24 to 2013 May 15
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