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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.
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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: 
April 15, 2002 to May 6, 2002April 30, 2003 to May 13, 2003April 23, 2004 to May 5, 2004May 2, 2005 to May 19, 2005April 20, 2006 to May 5, 2006April 30, 2007 to May 15, 2007April 10, 2008 to May 15, 2008April 17, 2009 to May 11, 2009April 13, 2010 to May 10, 2010April 26, 2011 to May 11, 2011April 6, 2012 to May 3, 2012April 24, 2013 to May 15, 2013April 11, 2016 to May 6, 2016April 10, 2017 to May 11, 2017May 2, 2018 to May 24, 2018April 22, 2019 to May 20, 2019

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