Wild Geranium

Geranium maculatum

[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: 2 - 8 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Part Sun Map it: 38.009848,-78.452578

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 15 – May 62003: Apr 30 – May 132004: Apr 23 – May 52005: May 2 – May 192006: Apr 20 – May 52007: Apr 30 – May 152008: Apr 10 – May 152009: Apr 17 – May 112010: Apr 13 – May 102011: Apr 26 – May 112012: Apr 6 – May 32013: Apr 24 – May 15