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PlantFiles: Wild Geranium
Geranium maculatum 'Elizabeth Ann'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: maculatum (mak-yuh-LAH-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Elizabeth Ann
Additional cultivar information: (PP11252)
Hybridized by Tyssowski; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1998

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

A native woodland plant here, it tolerates considerable shade, though sun will bring out the distinctive dark foliage color. The foliage is darker and glossier than the popular G. maculatum 'Espresso', and the overlapping petals are wider.

Like all spotted geraniums, this self-sows moderately (not aggressively or weedily). The offspring generally inherit the foliage color, with some variation, and even darker-leafed plants can be found among them.

According to Allen Armitage, This is hardy to Z3.

In 2006, the Royal Horticultural Society granted this plant its coveted Award of Garden Merit.

Positive saya On May 12, 2008, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Discovered by American Plantswoman Leslie Grayson in Pennsylvania. Geranium Elizabeth Ann has chocolate colored foliage. It flowers late spring/ early summer. The flowers are pretty very soft lavender. Loves to grow in moist but sunny locations. Propagation by division and tissue culture. License required for propagation.

Positive wickerparker On May 18, 2007, wickerparker from Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a beautiful spring blooming geranium that combines beautifully with many plants. Great in part shade. Lovely even after the flowers are gone.


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

Chicago, Illinois
Des Plaines, Illinois
Corvallis, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Goose Creek, South Carolina

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