Wild Geranium, Spotted Geranium
Geranium maculatum 'Espresso'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: maculatum (mak-yuh-LAH-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Espresso
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Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brookfield, Connecticut

Chicago, Illinois

Ames, Iowa

Dracut, Massachusetts

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Lexington, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Welch, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 20, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Like the species, this selection grows and blooms well in woodland shade, at least here in northeastern North America. However, the deep brown-purple foliage color for which this cultivar was selected is deepest in full sun. It fades a bit as the season progresses.

G. maculatum 'Elizabeth Ann' has foliage that's darker and glossier than that of 'Espresso', and its overlapping petals are wider.

Positive

On Jun 2, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I have it in partial shade but had more sun - foliage emerge strongly maroon - even mulitply as it moves through larger plants. Might be more shade tolerant as it is a variety of the native East United States G. maculatum which will blooms in woodland shade.