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
Bloom Color: Pale Pink Pink Rose/Mauve Violet/Lavender
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater This plant is resistant to deer
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: 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
Hardy, reliable little plants that ask virtually nothing of the gardener but a drink during really hot dry spells.
They will spread, but not aggressively - very easy to keep under control. Mine live happily in shade along with native ferns at the woodland edge.
I have a large patch of wild geraniums that I would like to move to another place in my yard. Two questions I have are how well does is transport and if I put down weedblock will that prevent it from spreading? I want it to spread to fill in the space but don't want the dandelions or creeping charlie that are lurking nearby. Thanks!
On Jun 2, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
One of the most shade tolerant geranium you can find anywhere - this native of the Eastern United States will bloom and thrive in woodland shade but will become more vigorous in more sun. Espresso is a maroon leaf variety of this species.
On May 29, 2008, minnasnowtan from Braham, MN (Zone 3b) wrote:
My daughter discovered a small cluster of these growing on the lot we were clearing to build our house on. She thought they were lovely (as did I) and transplanted them to a "safe area." That was in 2005. They are growing very well and I have never regretted saving them from the backhoe. They are a favorite of everyone in the family.
These are great native plants that ask nothing of the grower other than a somewhat shadey place to live. I had actually planned to find some to plant here before we found them growing amid weeds, brush, and several decades worth of total neglect. The conditions in which we found them are a testimony to their hardiness! What a wonderful "housewarming gift" they have been!
On Apr 27, 2008, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
Just now discovered the name of this plant. I planted it last year and forgot about it. It did not do very well last year, kind of died out. However, this spring, they are beautiful! It looks a whole lot like woodland phlox. The other posts are accurate about this plant. I'm going to try to propagate it.
On May 21, 2007, flakeygardener from Montreal, QC (Zone 5a) wrote:
Montreal, Quebec (Zone 5a)
A few years ago I planted 2 cuttings, which I thought were dead. The first year one produced about 5 leaves and one bloom. The other produced 2 leaves and no bloom. Two years later, after a beautiful sunny spring, both plants were over a foot in diameter and covered in blooms! But last spring we had 11 straight days of rain and both plants were small and their leaves rusty. There was only a single bloom between the two plants.
There is no sign of either plant this year and I am heartbroken. Judging by my other plants, the geraniums would be almost ready to bloom by now.
Also, my sister grows these in Zone 4b further east and north of me.
On Aug 30, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
Wild Geranium or Spotted Geranium forms large clumps 12 to 24 inches tall covered with delicate 1.5 inch rosy-lavender to soft pink flowers. Wild Geranium is a favorite in the wild garden due to its attractive foliage and flowers that require little or no maintenance and is spectacular as a mass in an open woodland, perfect for the border of a shade garden, or naturalized in sweeps at the base of large trees. Wild Geranium prefers moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil and high open shade and accepts sunny conditions with moisture but will go dormant in drought conditions.
On Jun 2, 2004, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
Here in Ohio, we have tons of these that grow wild, mostly the pink variety, years ago I acquired this lovely near dark purple colored one and have now about 6 plants around my yard, they grow wonderfully with no care, and a such a delight in the garden.
On Apr 15, 2003, lgsherk from Vandiver, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:
The Cranesbill Geranium is native to Alabama and I am sure to several other southeastern states. It is a lovely spring
bloomer and needs little attention.
Linda in Alabama
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Auburn, Alabama Houston, Alabama Vandiver, Alabama Morrilton, Arkansas Carlotta, California Black Hawk, Colorado Amston, Connecticut Washington, Connecticut Aldora, Georgia Urbana, Illinois Geneva, Indiana Hobart, Indiana Macy, Indiana Warren, Indiana Waterloo, Iowa Overland Park, Kansas Parkway Village, Kentucky Chisholm, Maine Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Jefferson, Maryland Loch Lynn Heights, Maryland Erie, Michigan Midland, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Sanford, Michigan Shields, Michigan Braham, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Elsberry, Missouri Piedmont, Missouri Greenville, New Hampshire Lancaster, New Hampshire Chester, New Jersey Hamilton, New Jersey Metuchen, New Jersey Greene, New York Nineveh, New York Syracuse, New York Tonawanda, New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports) Belfield, North Dakota Dundee, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Carnegie, Oklahoma Enid, Oklahoma Sherwood, Oregon Coopersburg, Pennsylvania Hummelstown, Pennsylvania Millersburg, Pennsylvania Viola, Tennessee Leesburg, Virginia Elma, Washington Inglewood-finn Hill, Washington Port Angeles, Washington Great Cacapon, West Virginia Grantsburg, Wisconsin Shorewood, Wisconsin Spooner, Wisconsin